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

Fall 2006

SPN 383N • Spanish/English Contrastive Analysis

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49240 TTh
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
MEZ 2.129

Course Description

This course examines how the English and the Spanish languages critically differ in the way sentences are structured. One important goal of this course is to help Spanish teachers understand what constitutes the areas of difficulty for English speakers learning Spanish. Although we cover syntactic/semantic topics, we approach them strictly from a descriptive point of view. The topics to be covered are the following: Unit ONE: Basic structure of Sentences Different types of verbs (intransitive, transitive, ditransitive, etc.) Syntactic Functions, subject and object, and their realizations. Syntactic Functions and Thematic/Semantic Roles (agent, theme, goal, etc.) Unit TWO: Past Tense Aspect Theory of Aspect: Situation Aspect and Viewpoint Aspect Preterit and Imperfect Forgrouding and backgroudig Unit THREE: Behaviors of Unstressed Pronouns (me, te, lo, etc.) Clitic Climbing (Quiero leerlo vs. Lo quiero leer) Different Functions of se Unit FOUR: Mood Subordination (Complementation) and Mood Selection -Indicative vs. Subjunctive -Infinitive vs. Subjunctive Subjunctive and Aspect (Me alegré que vinieras vs. Me alegré que hubieras venido) Unit FIVE: Interface (Syntax/Semantics/Discourse): Time permitting Word Order (Subject and Complements) Overt and Null Arguments

Grading Policy

The final grade will be based on the following breakdown: 1. Exams and quizzes (Take-home+In-class) 50 2. Research Projects (Long+Short Oral Presentations) 25 3. Participation 20 4. Homework 5 Total 100


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