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

Spring 2010

SPN 383M • Spanish Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47925 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

This course represents a general introduction to the fields of Spanish Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics, with an emphasis on Pragmatics. Students will explore various issues in Spanish pragmatics and discourse analysis, including recent speech act studies, politeness, discourse grammar, applications to second language acquisition, implicatures, narrative study, discourse semantics, and other areas. A special focus will be placed on current quantitative and qualitative research, as well as on research design.

Grading Policy

Grading system: Research paper 40% Paper presentation 5% Semester exam 20% Article presentation 10% Review preparation 15% Class discussion and preparation 10%


Readings will be based on a packet made by the instructor (a sample list of such readings is attached). A background text will also be required (as yet undetermined). Sample reading list: Achugar, Mariana. 2004. "The events and actors of 11 September 2001 as seen from Uruguay: Newspapers and editorials." Discourse and Society 15(2):291-320 Blackwell, Sarah. 2001. “Testing the neo-Gricean pragmatic theory of anaphora: The influence of consistency constraints on interpretations of coreference in Spanish.” Journal of Pragmatics 33: 901-941. Carranza, Isolda. 1999. “Winning the battle in private discourse: Rhetorical- logical operations in storytelling.” Discourse and Society 10(4):509-541 Cashman, Holly. 2005. “Identities at play: Language preferences and group membership in bilingual talk in interaction.” Journal of Pragmatics 37(3):301-315 Cepeda, Gladys. 2006. “La voz empática médica y las estrategias de cortesía verbal. Estudios Filológicos 41: 55-69 Félix-Brasdefer, César. 2006. Linguistic politeness in Mexico: Refusal strategies among male speakers of Mexican Spanish. Journal of Pragmatics 38 (12):2158-2187 Hernández-Flores, N. “Cortesía y oscilación de la imagen social en un debate televisivo.” In J. Murillo Medrano (ed.), Actas del 2º Coloquio Internacional del Programa EDICE (Estudios de la Cortesía en Español). 37-54. Stockholm-Costa Rica: Programa EDICE- Universidad de Costa Rica. Koike, Dale, and Clayton Graham. 2006. “Who is more Hispanic? The co-construction of identities in a U.S. Hispanic political debate.” Spanish in Context 3, 2: 181- 213. Lacorte, Manel, 2007. “Interacción y contexto(s) en el aprendizaje y enseñanza de español como L2.” Spanish in Context 4(1): 73-98. Lorenzo-dus, Nuria. 2001. “Compliment responses among British and Spanish university students: A contrastive study. Journal of Pragmatics 33:107-127. Márquez-Reiter, Rosina. 2005. “Complaint calls to a caregiver service company: The case of desahogo.” Intercultural Pragmatics 14(2): 481-514. Morales-López, Esperanza, Gabriel Prego-Vázquez, and Luzia Domínguez-Seco. 2005. “Strategies in conflicts: Interviews between employers and customers during a company restructuring process. Discourse and Society 16 (2): 225-268 Rodríguez Alfano, Lidia, and Dale Koike. 2004. “La interacción en diálogos transmitidos por la radio en la frontera.” Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios del Discurso 4,1: 47-72.


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