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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2006

SPN 383N • Spanish of the Americas

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47235 TTh
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

This course will focus on intonation and will study the different intonation patterns in the Spanish dialects of the Americas. In the first part of the course, we will understand intonation from a physical perspective: what is F0, how it is measured in the speech wave, what are their articulatory and perceptual correlates. In the second part of the course we will understand how these physical measurements are formalized in the Autosegmental Metrical Model (Pierrehumbert, 1980; Beckman and Pierrehumbert, 1986; Pierrehumbert and Beckman, 1988) and how this model has been adapted to Spanish intonation (Beckman et al, 2002; Spanish ToBI group discussions). In the last part of the course, we will read and discuss research papers on intonation in Spanish while keeping two main criteria in mind:

(1) looking at the dialectal variation of the American dialects we should realize what patterns have been described and what are still missing; (2) think how these variation can contribute towards building and refining the AM Model.

Grading Policy

1. Mid-term exam: solving problems of intonation in the AM Model 2. Presentation of a research paper. 3. Writing a term paper on the intonation of a dialect/s of the Spanish of the Americas using the AM model. The quality of the paper has to be good enough to be presented at a conference and I will encourage you to do so. These topics, dialectology of intonation and AM model, are very new, in fact, they are cutting edge in research, which gives you the chance to have a paper published if the quality is good enough. Take this chance!


Beckman, Mary and Pierrehumbert, Janet (1986). Intonational Structure in Japanese and English. Phonology Yearbook, 3. 15-70. Gussenhoven, Carlos (2004) The Phonology of Tone and Intonation. Cambridge Press. Ladd, Robert (1996) Intonation Phonology. Cambridge Studies in Linguisitcs. Prieto, Pilar (2003). Teorëas de la entonaciñn. Ariel Linguëstica. Sosa, Juan Manuel (1999). La entonaciñn del espaïol: su estructura fñnica, variablidad y dialectologëa. Cátedra. Photocopies of recent research papers


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