'Penny marshals the linguistic facts with considerable skill and manages consistently to tame complex or untidy phenomena without over simplifying them … the publication of the revised edition is a significant event in Spanish linguistics and I imagine that anyone leading a course on the history of Spanish will already have ordered multiple library copies.' Bulletin of Spanish Studies
'… this second edition is another milestone in Castilian historical linguistic scholarship, and will continue to be an indispensable tool for students and tutors in the field.' Forum for Modern Language Studies
This is a revised, expanded and updated 2002 edition of Ralph Penny's authoritative textbook, first published in 1991. An additional chapter discusses concepts including World Spanish, convergence and divergence in Spanish, and the interface between English and Spanish. Further additions include a glossary of technical terms and guidance on further reading.