Classic Castillan Spanish Grammars?

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Classic Castillan Spanish Grammars?

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Hi,

I'm wanting study some older style Spanish and I'm looking for a good grammar, written in English and Spanish before say, 1950. The grammar I prefer for Latin would be Allen and Greenough, do you all know of anything similar for Spanish? Thank you.

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Re: Classic Castillan Spanish Grammars?

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I would recommend:
Ramón Menéndez Pidal, Manual de gramática histórica
Rafael Lapesa, Historia de la lengua española
Ralph Penny, A History Of The Spanish Language
(Any year / edition. Usually, newer are better.)

As for texts, you can read the Cátedra and Biblioteca Clásica de la RAE editions, which offer grammatical notes and other useful informations.

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Re: Classic Castillan Spanish Grammars?

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That title by Penny is close, but I'm looking for a more practical/ less historical approach. Like a reference grammar similar to Allen and Greenough. I found a title from 1915 Elementary Spanish Grammar by Allen and Spinoza, but it has excercises, and I dont want those either. One I'm looking at now is Brief Spanish Reference Grammar by Colbert 1971, but I would still prefer something older, and I'm betting that one exists.

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Re: Classic Castillan Spanish Grammars?

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Hola,
As far as I know the oldest Spanish grammar for English speakers was written by Antonio de Corros in 1590.

You can read the book here:https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/t ... 6.0001.001

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Borja

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