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  Spanish etymology
This means that Spanish, like other Indo-European languages, through its oldest to its modern form, has steadily depended less on inflections (suffixes on nouns, adjectives etc.) to demonstrate syntactical relationships and more on word order and prepositions.
This is one of the most predictable patterns in the development of Spanish and the first written record of it is from 863 when the Latin 'Forticius' was written as 'Ortiço.' The h- was originally pronounced as an aspirate (i.e.
The Spanish educational system, and later the Real Academia Española, with their demand that all consonants of a word be pronounced, steadily drove most simplified forms from existence.
www.algebra.com /algebra/about/history/Spanish-etymology.wikipedia   (2361 words)

  
 Etymology
Etymology is the study of the origins of words.
From Antiquity through the 17th century, from Pindar to Sir Thomas Browne, etymology has been a form of witty wordplay, in which the supposed origins of words were mythologized to satisfy contemporary requirements, much as myths were formed to explain archaic rituals that were no longer comprehensible.
Although, it must be said, many of Nietzsche's etymologies are wrong, the strategy has gained popularity in the 20th century, with philosophers such as Jacques Derrida using etymologies to indicate former meanings of words with view to decentring the "violent hierarchies" of Western metaphysics.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/e/et/etymology.html   (1224 words)

  
 Science Fair Projects - Spanish etymology
About 90% of Spanish words derive from Latin, 8% from Arabic, and the rest from other sources.
Persons familiar with Italian or French will often recognize this in Spanish words unrelated to their counterparts in those languages.
Many English-speaking Spanish students struggle with 'ser' and 'estar', which both translate as 'to be' but which differ greatly in Spanish meaning.
www.all-science-fair-projects.com /science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/Spanish_etymology   (350 words)

  
 Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, Department of
The major in Spanish is designed to develop a student’s proficiency in the language while assuring that he or she receives a strong background in linguistics, literature, culture or a combination of these areas.
Faculty Spanish majors have access to a nationally-ranked group of faculty members whose expertise ranges across a wide range of areas: peninsular literature from the medieval to the modern periods; Latin American literature from Colonial times to the present; Portuguese and Brazilian literature; Spanish cinema; Hispanic women’s writing; Spanish and Latin-American culture; and Hispanic linguistics.
When declaring the Spanish major, all students are required to choose one of the three tracks described below–the general track, the literature and culture track, and the linguistics and philology track–to give structure to their Spanish studies.
www.virginia.edu /registrar/records/04-05ugradrec/chapter6/chapter6-47.htm   (3906 words)

  
 Chabacano Research Paperwork
In the contemporary Philippines, fluency in Spanish is generally restricted to a small and aging elite of mixed Philippine-Spanish heritage; the typical fluent Spanish speaker has at least one parent or grandparent born in Spain, and belongs to wealthy landowning or empresarial classes far-removed from the grass-roots level at which Chabacano is spoken.
Spanish is still a subject in the university curriculum (despite current pressure to remove the requirement), and formerly Spanish was widely taught in the public schools.
Spanish speakers are frequently members of Spanish landowning and commercial families, which have managed to retain and even expand their fortunes throughout the various post-colonial administrations in the Philippines.
www.zamboanga.com /html/history_Chabacano_de_Zamboanga2.htm   (12635 words)

  
 Etymologically Speaking...
This Spanish term, which means "rabbit," comes from the Latin word cuniculus, which, itself, was copied letter-for-letter from an even earlier Iberian term--according to Pliny the Elder--referring to both the animal and its burrow--and, by extension, any underground passage or canal.
The reason is that Naples was a Spanish possession during the reign of the Habsburg Emperor Charles V of Spain (I of Germany)(r.
As any second-level Spanish student knows, this is the polite version of the second-person, singular pronoun which means "You;" however, although it is a second-person pronoun, verbs associated with it are conjugated in the third person (ie, "He," "She," "It").
www.westegg.com /etymology   (10416 words)

  
 Behind the Name: Spanish Names
Spanish form of the Roman cognomen Aurelianus, which was itself originally derived from the name AURELIUS.
Spanish form of Bethlehem, the name of the town in Judah where King David and Jesus were born...
Spanish and Italian form of the Roman family name Aemilianus, which was itself derived from the family name Aemilius (see EMIL).
www.behindthename.com /nmc/spa.php   (709 words)

  
 Etymology information - Search.com
No desciption of etymology is complete without the mention of the Sanskrit grammarians of ancient India, who were the first in the world to make such a comprehensive analysis of linguistics, and especially etymology.
The earliest of attested etymologies can be found the the Vedic literature itself—in the philosophical explanations of the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas and the Upanishads.
Although many of Nietzsche's etymologies are wrong, the strategy has gained popularity in the 20th century, with philosophers such as Jacques Derrida using etymologies to indicate former meanings of words with view to decentring the "violent hierarchies" of Western metaphysics.
www.search.com /reference/Etymology   (1378 words)

  
 MixedFolks.com - Names for MixedFolks
ETYMOLOGY: Spanish mulato, small mule, person of mixed race, mulatto, from mulo, mule, from Old Spanish, from Latin mulus.
ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of Spanish cuarterón, from cuarto, quarter, from Latin quartus.
ETYMOLOGY: Spanish, mixed, mestizo, from Old Spanish, mixed, from Late Latin mixticius, from Latin mixtus past participle of miscere, to mix.
www.mixedfolks.com /names.htm   (1441 words)

  
 Advances in Hispanic Linguistics: Introduction
She examines noun phrase gender agreement in the speech of seven third-year university learners of Spanish, describing the strategies used by intermediate-level learners of Spanish in the acquisition of gender agreement within the context of the noun phrase.
All facets of Spanish /s/-reduction (and similar processes affecting word-final consonants vis-à-vis resyllabification) are accounted for by a single unified family of alignment constraints, all of which are widely attested cross-linguistically.
He proposes to extend a small clause analysis of predicate inversion to Spanish dative-experiencer constructions: the clitic dative pronoun attaches to the head F and the embedded verb or the embedded preposition raises to an empty F. This proposal allows us to explain the behavior of these structures with respect to subject extraction.
www.cascadilla.com /ahlintro.html   (2259 words)

  
 etymology information site
In historical linguistics, etymology is the study of the origins of words.
The word etymology itself comes from the Greek ἔτυμον (étymon, the true meaning of a word) and λόγος (lógos, science).
This etymology index site has been developed to help wayward users find the information they are looking for, no matter how they are mistakenly spelled or mistyped.
www.spellcorrect.info /etymology.htm   (1154 words)

  
 Free People Clothing Boutique > Definitions > Glossary
Etymology: French, feminine of charmeur charmer, from charmer to charm
Etymology: French piqué, from past participle of piquer to prick, quilt
Etymology: French, veil, from Latin vela, neuter plural of velum
www.freepeople.com /index.cfm/fuseaction/content.page/nodeID/29436c22-fb4b-41bd-9a93-4edd33869f58   (907 words)

  
 Publisher description for Library of Congress control number 84028749   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Etymology is the history of words, and, as words stand for things, it is also the history of things, and therefore of civilisation.
In view of the proportion of words with similar etymologies in certain languages, this Spanish etymological dictionary can also be used to find the origin of thousands of English, French, Italian and Portuguese words as well as that of many words from other languages.
It is of particular value to students and teachers of Spanish and to translators and conference interpreters.
www.loc.gov /catdir/enhancements/fy0601/84028749-d.html   (248 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Etymology: Books: Yakov Malkiel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Etymology has been largely neglected since the beginning of this century.
He also examines the complex and changing interrelationship between etymology and general linguistics in recent times, with the intention of revitalising etymological research.
In different times and at different places, etymology has meant slightly or entirely different things to the few or many people who, under varying sets of circumstances, have used that word, applying it to their own spheres of interests.
www.amazon.com /Etymology-Yakov-Malkiel/dp/0521311667   (949 words)

  
 Etymology
This etymology and the observation that the attested form is somewhat irregular in terms of it are from:
The lack of a transparent etymology in Teton and Santee leads to folk etymologies in terms of *s^a=iye=la (~ =naN) a made-up form 'to speak red(ly)', construed to mean 'to speak obscurely, not clearly', by analogy with the real form iye'=ska 'to speak clearly, to speak the local language, to translate'.
The folk etymology, however, is not parallel in structure to iye'=ska - s^a 'red' precedes ska 'white, clear', for example - and does not explain the h or the diminutive.
spot.colorado.edu /~koontz/faq/etymology.htm   (8634 words)

  
 Online Dictionary, Language Guide, Foreign Language and Etymology - AllWords.com
This site is less of an etymology site and more of presentation of the meaning of the word.
It features an introduction to etymology, sources of first names in different cultures, and a message board.
The occupation with the Etymologie resembles in certain respects the popular question play of the children.
www.allwords.com /Etymology.php   (532 words)

  
 Anza's Name
The confusion has arisen when people have tried to apply a supposed rule of Spanish name etymology, for indeed there are many Spaniards who have "de" in their surnames.
In the Basque language Anza means "pasture in the dwarf elder trees" and describes areas that are nearly ubiquitous in the foothills of the Pyrenees and Cantabrian Mountains of the Basque Country.
Conversely, the Spanish word "de" has no meaning in Basque and is not part of the name.
anza.uoregon.edu /people/name.html   (1391 words)

  
 JRULM: Subject Information: Spanish and Portuguese Studies: Printed Collections   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
The main collections of Spanish and Portuguese language and literature books can be found on Blue Area Floor 3.
Works by and relating to Latin American authors who write in Spanish or Portuguese will be found in the Latin American Collection, and in the catalogues such works will have the prefix L.Am.
Printed periodicals relevant to Spanish and Portuguese language and literature are located on Blue Area Floor 2 in the Language and Literature periodicals sequence.
rylibweb.man.ac.uk /spanish/spanstoc.html   (257 words)

  
 Take Our Word For It, page four, Sez You...
Most Spanish nouns that begin with al- are derived from Arabic, in which "al" is the definite article "the." (Alcazar = "castle", alforja = "saddlebag", alcatraz = "pelican".) English has a few of these Arabic carryovers as well, e.g., alcohol and albatross.
Part of the problem with Spanish etymology is that for centuries after the 15th-century Reconquest of Iberia -- when the Moors and Jews were driven out by Catholics -- Spaniards were in total denial of their Arabic past, which had lasted seven centuries.
However, not being Spanish etymologists (or etymologists of Spanish!), we must defer to one of our readers who also happens to be a Spanish linguist, for the final word on the derivation of the place name Albu(r)querque.
www.takeourword.com /TOW115/page4.html   (899 words)

  
 Take Our Word For It Issue 16
The invading Spanish soon acquired a taste for this new drink (chocolate was not to become a candy bar for hundreds of years).
Among the conquerors of "New Spain", and especially among the wives of the Spanish nobles, it was considered very elegant and a necessary adjunct to every social function.
The broad highway of etymology peters out here and we are left wondering which rabbit trail to follow.
www.takeourword.com /Issue016.html   (1456 words)

  
 Discover the Wisdom of Mankind on etymology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Note: If you have a question about etymology this is a great place to ask it.
In general this subject is like a general etymology forum or etymology message board.
Carroll County Times - According to etymology online.com, the word awe dates to 1200 and means fright, anguish or fear.
www.blinkbits.com /blinks/etymology   (1795 words)

  
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Spanish Language and Literature books are kept on Level 5 of the Library
If we do not have the journal in print, our Inter-Library Loans department may be able to arrange a photocopy of the article you need from another institution.
It indexes Spanish language sources as well as English.
www.lib.uct.ac.za /humanities/spanish2.htm   (709 words)

  
 Spanish Dictionaries Monolingual - Continental Book Company   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
The Spanish equivalent of the Petit Larousse, this dictionary is carefully brought up-to-date and takes into account the latest changes of vocabulary and facts in Spain and Latin America.
This comprehensive Spanish monolingual dictionary offers 22,000 entries, with their definitions and numerous examples that help you understand the meaning of the word and how it is used in context.
This is a book of Spanish words, with synonyms, and definitions that are prsented on a level suitable for Spanish-speaking children, as well as for elementary school children being introduced to Spanish.
www.continentalbook.com /catalog/spanish/spdictmono.html   (4138 words)

  
 Merriam-Webster on line
Etymology: Yiddish kishke gut, sausage, of Slavic origin; akin to Polish kiszka gut,
Etymology: perhaps modification of Yiddish tokhes, from Hebrew tahath under, beneath
Etymology: Italian, from Latin, crushed and hulled barley; akin to Latin pollen fine flour
www.ling.upenn.edu /courses/Spring_2002/ling102/fp3words.html   (932 words)

  
 Native American Dictionary
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French jaiet, from Latin gagates, from Greek gagatEs, from Gagas, town and river in Asia Minor
Etymology: Spanish (Apache de) Navajó, literally, Apache of Navajó, from Navajó, area occupied by Navajos, probably from Tewa (Pueblo Indian language of northern New Mexico) navahu., literally, arroyo with planted fields
Etymology: Middle English turkeis, turcas, from Middle French turquoyse, from feminine of turquoys Turkish, from Old French, from Turc Turk
www.tribeazure.com /dictionary.htm   (701 words)

  
 Spanish Lessons & Resources to Learn Spanish for Free
Everyday a new Spanish word: etymology, meaning, pronunciation with audio and an example.
Every week a new Spanish lesson (from beginners to advanced levels) with an exercise to practise the lesson.
Read our jokes in Spanish and send them to your friends to share your laughter.
www.donquijote.org /spanishlanguage   (115 words)

  
 Reference Guide to Spanish and Latin American Literature
This is a selective guide to major reference resources for Spanish and Latin American literature available at Columbia University Libraries.
Moseley, William W. Spanish literature, 1500-1700 : a bibliography of Golden Age studies in Spanish and English, 1925-1980.
A searchable database containing digital facsimiles over 60 of the most important dictionaries in the history of Spanish lexicography, dating from 1495 to the present.
www.columbia.edu /cu/lweb/indiv/latam/litguide.html   (2626 words)

  
 studio_pics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Etymology: Spanish bastonada, from bastón stick, from Late Latin bastum
Definition: a beating especially with a stick: a punishment consisting of beating the soles of the feet with a stick
Etymology: French, from Middle French, from oublier to forget, from (assumed)
www.mirandarider.com /studio_pics.html   (60 words)

  
 Vanilla Mill
The Aztecs extracted the flavoring from the fruits using a process of fermentation and the extract would be later called Vanilla.
When Spanish conquerors, on the southeast coast of Mexico, first came into contact with Vanilla they called it "Vainilla" (Spanish for little pods) because their elongated fruit, which contained the seeds, reminded them of the "vainas" (pods) of some leguminous plants.
One wonders if the Swedish botanist, Olof Schwartz, thought about the shape of the pod (a sheath) or of its aphrodisiac properties when he named the orchid Vanilla.
www.delfinadearaujo.com /generos/vanilla/vanilaen.htm   (2536 words)

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