SPN 345L • Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Introductory course in Spanish linguistics. The purpose is to introduce students to the way the Spanish language is structured, and to the various subfields of linguistic analysis, such as morphology, syntax and semantics. Thus, students will be required to analyze the linguistic structure of sounds, words and phrases. We then will study Spanish from an interdisciplinary point of view: the fields of sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. Although this is an introduction to Hispanic linguistics, it is not an introduction to basic aspects of the Spanish language. In fact, this is a very challenging course. Some familiarity with grammatical concepts is expected. We will be conducting a strict analysis of the formal and social aspects of language. This will require highly analytical skills in piecing out parts of words and sentences, and a willingness to deal with definitions and formalizations. A high amount of out of class preparation is expected and required. You will be asked to reproduce new information, as well as to apply it to complex language structures. In short, you will need a solid foundation in the Spanish language, a willingness to learn more about it, and to study the language both as an object in itself, as well as its usage in the different social contexts.
The final grade will be based on student performance in the following: 1. Research Project: 20% 2. Quizzes and Homework: 20% 3. Tests 1 & 2: 40% (20% each) 4. Final Exam: 20%
Azevedo, Milton. 1992. Introducción a la lingüística española. Prentice Hall. Other materials will be provided by the instructor.