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

Fall 2003

SPN 396K • LANGUAGE CONTACT AND CONFLICT IN SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA AND RELATED AREAS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45215 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Calhoun 21
Hensey

Course Description

I. Introduction: Language and society. General introduction to major topics in sociolinguistics and sociology of language. Speech communities, networks, repertoires. Language, dialect, style. Bilingualism and diglossia. Languages in contact: major concepts and issues; coexistence and competition. II. Social and linguistic dimensions of C&C. Language as a code and approaches to its analysis. Variation (regional, social) and its study. Micro vs. macro levels. Qualitative and quantitative approaches and methodologies. Use of statistics in linguistic research and presentation of data. Contact studies from several areas of the world. Indigenous languages, languages of immigration, official and co-official languages. Selected case studies representing different approaches. III. Consequences of C&C: Language, culture, and power; language rights; translation and interpretation in community settings. Major theoretic models and topics. Language and culture; language and law. Language policy and planning and their implementation in public life. Corpus and status planning. Case studies chosen by participants.

Grading Policy

Papers: one essay on each of the topics of sections I through III above based on bibliographic or, if feasible, field research. Oral presentations: relating to assigned readings or case studies.

Texts

Carmen Silva-Corvalán – Sociolingüística y pragmática del español Carmen Silva-Corvalán (ed.) Spanish in four continents: studies in language contact and bilingualism Sarah Thomason – Language contact: an introduction

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