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

Spring 2009

SPN 383N • Intonation of Spanish (Old Spanish of the Americas)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47430 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

In this seminar, we are going to learn and understand intonation theory so that we can apply this theory to analyzing the intonation system of the different Spanish dialects or any other language whose intonation system is non-tonal. First, we are going to understand the phonetics of intonation. Then, we will study the most well-known models of intonation paying especial attention to the Autosegmental Metrical Model, since most of the recent literature on intonation uses this model. Afterwards, we will learn to listen and transcribe intonation of the different Spanish dialects using SpToBI. Once we have learnt all these information, we will be ready to read -- and think critically -- the literature on Spanish intonation. We will start with readings and articles that are descriptive and deal with the main topics of intonation in Spanish. During the last weeks of the semester we will read research articles.

Grading Policy

Mid-term exam 35% Abstract 15% Final Research Paper 40% Class participation 10%


We will read some chapters from the following books: Gussenhoven, Carlos (2004). The Phonology of Tone and Intonation. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Hualde, José Ignacio (2005). The sounds of Spanish. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge: UK. Ladd, Robert (1996). Intonational phonology. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge: UK. Ladefoged, Peter (2003). Phonetic Data Analysis. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford,UK. Ladefoged, Peter (1996). Elements of Acoustic Phonetics. The University of Chicago Press. Navarro Tomás, Tomás (1967). Manual de pronunciación española. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Publicaciones de la revista de filología española: Madrid, Spain. Prieto, Pilar (2003). Teorías de la Entonación. Ariel: Barcelona. Sosa, Juan Mauel (1999). La Entonación del Español: su estructura fónica, variabilidad y dialectología. Cátedra: Madrid. And we will also read a collection of articles whose references will be included in the syllabus.


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