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        • Use the subscription button to get new posts by mail automatically.
  • Use the RSS feed button to get updates on your RSS reader. [This is a mystery to me, please let me know if you try it successfully!]
  • Follow my Twitter feed  [Also a bit of a mystery, would appreciate some assurance that it works]

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I am available to give two different 45-minute presentations appropriate for college students (and faculty):

  • Providence and Process in the History of Spanish (An thematic overview of the history of Spanish, combining linguistic and non-linguistic developments)
  • The Ten Most Interesting Things You (Probably) Don’t Know about Spanish (a mixture of historical and present-day topics)

9 thoughts on “Contact/Follow

  1. Janet

    Just thought I’d write to tell you how much I enjoy your posts, am very happy I chanced upon your blog. I studied Spanish linguistics in grad school in the 80s, and while language dissection has not been an integral part of my daily employment since then, the underlying curiosity in language and its origins lingers. Thanks for feeding a long-dormant muse, your posts brighten up my week and make me feel more creative.

    1. jhochberg Post author

      Thank you so much, Janet! I love writing about Spanish and am glad you’re getting something out of my posts.

      Keep reading,

  2. Susan

    Happened upon your blog while looking up “Spanish linguistics.” Am enjoying it immensely. I am not probably going to do any more college but I am very interested in the history of the Spanish language.
    The amount of loan words from Arabic and the centuries of rule make me believe that the pronunciation of Spanish was changed by Arabic/Berber languages. Such as the jota sound (sounds very Arabian to me).
    I was told otherwise by a Bolivian but that sounds like Christian propaganda to me. Can you comment on this?

    1. jhochberg Post author

      Hi Susan, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog! I checked with my two basic books on the history of Spanish, and neither attributes any pronunciation changes to Arabic, including specifically jota. Keep in mind that modern Spanish is derived from the Castilian dialect, which developed in the north of Spain, beyond Arabic influence. Gracias por leer y escribir. — Judy

    2. jhochberg Post author


      Sorry for the delay before replying…I doubt Arabic had anything to do with the jota. Remember that modern Spanish comes from the Castilla region, which was to the north of the conquered part of the Peninsula.

      Gracias por leer y escribir,

  3. Lisa

    I look forwards to Spanish fridays! I am eternally grateful that I chose to learn Spanish in high school. It’s a basic Romance language that I am more fond of, but I don’t have much opportunity to use it besides understanding bits of dialogue on TV and discovering the occasional cognate. Thank you for writing these!

  4. Jacqueline

    Love your blog. Really excellent. I just started following you on Twitter (somewhat a mystery to me as well but it seems to have worked!.


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