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Hispanic Linguistics Track

A minimum of 60 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree are required for the Doctor of Philosophy of which a maximum of 30 can be transferred from another institution. For the courses and seminars to count towards the Ph.D. students must obtain a grade of B or higher. All students must take the following courses:

Hispanic Critical and Cultural Theory
Spanish as an Object of Historical Inquiry.
Students enrolled in the Hispanic linguistics track must take
Fundamentals of Hispanic Linguistics
Spanish in Social Context.
All students must follow a course of study approved by the Executive Officer.
First Examination
One out of the four sections of the First Examination must be written in English. The First Examination is designed to help students acquire foundational knowledge of the objects and theoretical frameworks that define a set of four specific areas of linguistics (linguistic history, phonology, sociolinguistics and syntax) and their applicability to the study of Spanish. A list of topics for each area and a recommended bibliography are provided below.

In preparing the First Examination students should keep in mind that their answers to the exam questions must offer precise definitions of the relevant theoretical concepts and develop coherent arguments that show how they apply to the analysis of specific data and linguistic objects of various kinds.

-Linguistic History of Spain and Latin America

-Sociolinguistics of Spanish

-Phonology of Spanish

-Syntax of Spanish

Second Examination
The Second Examination has a written and an oral component. In consultation with a committee of three faculty members from LAILAC appointed by the Executive Officer, each student must identify two areas of concentration, prepare an annotated bibliography for each, and write an original research paper related to one or both areas. Possible areas of concentration include but are not limited to the socio-political history of Spanish; language policy and planning in Latin America, Spain and/or the U.S.; linguistic ideologies in the Spanish-speaking world; the pragmatics of Spanish; intercultural communication; variationist sociolinguistics and Spanish in the U.S.; Columbia School and the syntax of Spanish.
Each annotated bibliography will consist of approximately 50 articles and book chapters (full books may be included and their equivalency to number of articles must be approved by the exam committee chair). Individual entries must consist of a brief summary of the article or chapter‘s goals and conclusions. The recommended length for each entry is 300 words (longer when annotating book-length texts). Each bibliography must be preceded by a brief essay describing the area and justifying the selection of articles, book chapters, and books. The description of each area must include a precise identification of the objects of study, the preferred methods used within the field, and the theoretical framework that informs the existing approaches to said field. Each essay must have approximately 1500 words.
The research paper must contain a clear statement of the project’s position within the field, a review of the relevant literature, a well-organized presentation of the collected data, a coherent analysis, and a conclusion that highlights the project’s original contribution. The paper must have approximately 7000 words.
The oral exam will consist of a 30-minute presentation by the student based on the research paper. The presentation will be followed by questions from committee members that may refer to all components of the exam (research paper and annotated bibliographies).
Bibliographies and paper must be handed to all committee members at least twenty one days before the date of the oral exam.