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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2008

ITL 396K • Introduction to Romance Linguistics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37640 MW
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
HRH 2.106C

Course Description

This course will be taught in English. The main objective of this course is to introduce the students to the Romance languages, both as a set of closely related linguistic systems with a common ancestor and as a major historical and cultural phenomenon. The major topics of discussion are: * overview of the field of Romance linguistics * historical background of the Romance languages * linguistic evolution of Latin to early modern Romance and Medieval languages * the Renaissance and expansion of early modern Romance * comparison of subgroups within the group of Romance languages * survey of linguistic similarities and differences (illustrated through textual analysis) Although particular emphasis is given to linguistic factors, we also look at some historical and cultural aspects, such as humanistic influences and cultural exchanges among the Romance-speaking people.

Grading Policy

One written exam during the semester: 30% Reading assignments and class discussion: 20% One preliminary paper: 10% Paper and oral presentation: 40% Final exam: NO


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