About this blog

In this blog I am going to be posting chapters or excerpts of chapters from Part II of my Spanish linguistics open textbook Spanish-English Cognates: An Introduction to Spanish Linguistics, which I have been working on and off for the last few years, just for fun. Fun for me and for my potential readers. I also hope that those who would like to learn about language and culture will find it useful. Some of the entries will be full chapters and many others just sections of chapters of manageable size. Some of the entries will be works in progress and others will be pretty much completed, having undergone several revisions.

Feedback is always welcome, however. Feel free to let me know what you think. My goal is to make the texts accessible to the layperson and regular student of Spanish, not the professional linguist (whatever that is). If something is not clear or you think is wrong, please let me know.

It is my hope that these short sections will lead readers to take a look at the whole book. The book is rather large, about 1,700 pages at last count. It is divided into two parts. Part I contains 14 chapters that introduce the reader to many areas of linguistics, from semantics to the phonetics and phonology of Spanish (and English), as well as the history of both Spanish and English. The focus of this part is to provide the linguistic and other tools for the reader to understand the functioning of Spanish-English cognates.

Part II contains chapters where Spanish-English cognates are explored at length, often centered around a particular Latin root or a particular topic.

Jon Aske
Professor Emeritus
Salem State University
Salem, Massachusetts, USA

The full book in PDF format can be downloaded from this page.

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