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SPAN 70500 - Introduction to Spanish Syntax (3 credits)

This course examines the grammatical structure of Spanish from formal and functional perspectives. It examines the major syntactc categories of Spanish as described in sentence-based grammars, as these are conceived in traditional and formal theories that seek explanation in innate and universal factors. The course also considers grammatical structure from a functional perspective that seeks explanation in communication and other extra-systemic factors. Topics will include the order of subject and verb, the choice of object clitic pronouns, variable use of subject pronouns, heavy NP-shifting, and adverbial placement.

SPAN 70600 - Fundamentals of Hispanic Linguistics (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the principles, concepts and methods of linguistics, focusing on the way they apply to both the formal and the socio-cultural dimensions of Spanish. The branches of Hispanic linguistics surveyed in this course include phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and the history of linguistic ideas in Latin America and Spain.

SPAN 70700 - Spanish Applied Linguistics (3 credits)

This course introduces linguistic, cultural and social topics pertinent to the teaching of Spanish at the college level to speakers of other languages and to heritage speakers. The course includes discussion of major advances in (1) first and second language acquisition theory, (2) the debate over cultural content in the language classroom, and (3) computer assisted language instruction.

SPAN 70700 - Spanish as historical problem


Este curso propone una reflexión sobre las distintas aproximaciones a la historia externa e interna del español. Entre ellas se encuentran la “Gramática Histórica del Español”, la “Historia de la Lengua Española”, la “Historia Social del Español” y la “Historia Política del Español”, que, aunque se ocupan de objetos lingüísticos sólo parcialmente coincidentes, los observan sin embargo a través de una misma ventana cronológica que va desde los tiempos en que el latín fue introducido en la Península Ibérica hasta el momento actual, cuando aún la unidad y el significado simbólico del español en el mundo son temas de discusión dentro y fuera de los estudios del lenguaje. Esta asignatura se plantea no sólo reproducir la descripción de la historia de la lengua como un proceso de evolución lineal de unidades y sistemas fónicos, morfológicos y sintácticos; no se plantea hacer un recorrido por los hitos culturales y políticos que marcan la cristalización de la lengua; ni se propone tampoco la identificación de fenómenos sociolingüísticos – tales como la variación, el bilingüismo, la diglosia o la estandarización – que inciden sobre la evolución del idioma. La perspectiva aquí adoptada invita a aproximarse críticamente a las disciplinas mismas que configuran como objetos de estudio la emergencia histórica del español como “lengua”, su evolución orgánica y las circunstancias de su propagación por la Península Ibérica y por el continente americano.

SPAN 72800 - Introduction to Spanish Phonology (3 credits)

The course introduces students to the fundamentals of phonological analysis and to the application of this analysis to the facts of Spanish. It covers the phonemic principle and the phonemic analysis of Spanish, the features of major phonological theoretical approaches, the difference between phonetic and phonological representations and their application to Spanish, the notion of phonological rules, formal and substantive phonological universals and their manifestation in Spanish, and the interaction between morphology and phonology in Spanish inflectional paradigms.

SPAN 72900 - Spanish in Social Context (3 credits)

The course introduces students to the study of language in its social context, to the analysis of socially conditioned linguistic variation, and to the application of these types of analyses to the facts of Spanish in its social context. It covers the ways in which language relates to social categories such as ethnicity, age, class, gender, politeness, and speech situation; it examines the notion of the sociolinguistic variable and its application to Spanish; and it surveys the major studies of social variation and embedding in Spanish-speaking contexts.

SPAN 73100 - Linguistic Minorities in the Hispanic World (3 credits) 

This course studies language contact situations in the Spanish-speaking world from the perspective of the Sociology of Language. The course analyzes different types of contact situations and simultaneously proposes discussion of topics such as linguistic minorities, language and identity, language maintenance and shift, language policy, and language rights.

SPAN 73400 - Language Ideologies in the Hispanic World (3 credits)


What is the Spanish language? What does it represent? Who has the authority to settle linguistic disputes? From a language ideologies perspective (that explores the cultural, economic, political and social foundations of language and discourse on language) this course analyzes the nature of these questions and discusses potential answers as presented in various spheres of public life both in Latin America and Spain.

LING 75600 - Spanish in the United States (3 credits)

The course covers the major areas of research relating to varieties of U.S. Spanish, including lexical leveling, borrowing and calquing, grammatical simplification, convergence and leveling, and code switching. The course will investigate contemporary debates about the definition of the speech community and the nature of bilingual contact.

SPAN - Linguistic ideologies

Questions of authority in the production and reception of linguistic representations are central to the interdisciplinary field known as linguistic ideologies. In this seminar, we will examine this category’s development in linguistic historiograhy (e.g. Joseph & Taylor’s 1990 Ideologies of language), the sociology of language (Cameron’s 1995 Verbal Hygiene), and linguistic anthropology (e.g. Schieffelin, Woolard & Kroskrity’s 1998 Linguistic Ideologies: Practice and Theory or Gal & Woolard’s 2001 Languages and Publics: The Making of Authority), and its implementation as an analytical tool in numerous case studies in which construals of language in cultural, political, and social context are identified as preferred objects of analysis.

SPAN - Language and citizenship in national and transnational contexts 

In this seminar, we examine the politics of language representation in the Spanish-speaking world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the various nation-building processes undertaken by Spain’s former colonies, in Spain’s own efforts to develop as a homogeneous modern nation, and in the tensions generated by divergent conceptualizations of a transatlantic Spanish-speaking community, we often find language taking center stage either as a tool or as an object of political action. We will review the nature and implications of policies that aimed at the construction of culturally and linguistically homogeneous communities – both national and transnational – as well as metalinguistic discourses in which questions of citizenship and cultural autonomy – again, in national and transnational dimensions – were being worked out. We will analyze Andrés Bello’s Gramática castellana, the orthographic controversies in Chile, Spain’s officialization of the Royal Spanish Academy’s orthography, the creation of the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language, the polemic between Juan Valera and Rufino José Cuervo over the fragmentation of Spanish and the unity of the cultural field, the debates surrounding “el idioma nacional de los argentinos” and the constitution of a national literature, and more recent policies aimed at affirming a pan-Hispanic community. The theoretical backdrop will be provided by discussions of classical (Haugen, Fishman) and critical (Cameron, Milroy) theories of language standardization, of theories of nationalism (Anderson, Hobsbawm), of linguistic ideologies (Joseph/Taylor, Schieffelin/Woolard/Kroskrity, Kroskrity), and of treatments of language, citizenship and modern subjectivity in Latin America (Julio Ramos, González Stephan, Narvaja de Arnoux).