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Puzzle Pieces of the Past

Spanish Abbreviations 1500-1700

by A. Roberta Carlin

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Publisher: Universal-Publishers
Pub date: 2014
Pages: 258
ISBN-10: 162734005X
ISBN-13: 9781627340052
Categories: Language, Literature & LinguisticsLanguage & LingusiticsTextbooks & Study Guides


Puzzle Pieces of the Past: Spanish Abbreviations 1500-1700 is a contextual presentation of hundreds of abbreviations found in the handwritten documents of the Spanish colonial period. Abbreviation examples include but are not limited to abreviaturas eclesiásticas, nexos, por signos convenciales, superposición, por enclace, por apócope, síncopa y por sigla.

All the abbreviations and phrases were scanned from photocopies of extant Spanish documents written between 1500 and 1700 and are presented in the original handwriting. Each abbreviation is presented with a phrase showing context and source reference. Together with each abbreviation and phrase is a printed display of the letters represented, the full spelling of the word or words in early modern Spanish, and the current Spanish spelling. This book contains four indices. A-D are related to this book. Index E is a selected Bibliography to assist with the study of Spanish, colonial paleography. Index F is a forty-five page dictionary of over one thousand abbreviations including the editorial expansions, and modern spellings.

The format of Puzzle Pieces was planned to assist a variety of users, among them serious Spanish paleographers and historians, graduate students doing research for dissertations, and genealogists. It will also serve as an adjunct text for university-level courses in the history of the Spanish language, Spanish historical linguistics, and Spanish paleography.

About the Author

A. Roberta Carlin graduated with a masters degree in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She served as an intern for eighteen months at the Vargas Project, transcribing nearly one thousand document pages of late seventeenth-century Spanish. While working on the project, she wrote a training manual, A Transcription Manual for Early Modern Spanish. She has also participated as a consultant to the Cíbola Project at the University of California, Berkeley. As part of the Cíbola project, she joined in a combined effort to transcribe The Desertion of the Colonists of New Mexico 1601, which is published online at She has studied at a number of manuscript archives in the United States, Latin America, Spain, and Italy. In 2003, she wrote A Paleographic Guide to Spanish Abbreviations 1500-1700. As an independent scholar she continues to study and transcribe documents from the earliest period of Spanish colonization in the New World.