Spanish Language Development

“Trace the development of the Spanish language from its  
origin in Europe to its current situation in Latin America.”

This essay will discuss the development of the Spanish language,

    ‘mother tongue of about 350 million people’, from which ‘about

      85% live in Latin America’.1 The subjects discussed will be the

      formation of the Castilian language, variation between Toledo

          and Sevillian norm, and further expansion of Spanish in the

                        Canary Islands and South and Central Americas.

  The Castilian language was not so significant in the beginning of

Middle Ages, compared to Galician or Catalan. All these languages

                        have roots in the Latin, the Romance language.

It is discussed that Alfonso X The Learned, the King of Castile and

    León (1252-84), has created the Standard Spanish. The writing

          was made in a spelling system, which helped to specify the

    vernacular pronunciation. This type of writing has become more

        common and more often used in Castile Kingdom in the late

                              twelfth and beginning of thirteenth century.

  The King Alfonso X was translating into Spanish some ‘historical,

                                        legal and scientific works’ of the time.

              The consistent use of language by the King Alfonso X for

      administration purposes had another impact. This language by

                religious neutrality had culturally unifying advantages in

    linguistically diversified Spain. As the Castilian Kingdom started

  becoming more powerful and important the language progressed

      to spread even wider. Another factor influencing the spread of

language was banning the use of Latin Lingo, which was used only

by the intellectual elites. Finally since the Reconquest in 1492 and