Structure and Variation in the Spanish Language

This course will consist of a general vision of the linguistic structure of the Spanish language, the basic tools (in the form of sound and word combinations) that enable speakers of different areas to understand each other, with a brief foray into sentence meaning and how the language varies according to social, geographic and pragmatic factors. Three main modules will be covered: the first module will concentrate on the sounds of Spanish, their production and perception. It is designed to help students improve their comprehension and pronunciation of the language while studying the technical aspects of production. The second module will deal with the structure of sentences: how they are organized in parts, and how Spanish organizes information around a more flexible word order than English. The last module will analyze word meaning, as well as factors that result in variation, due to the situational circumstances of communication or the social group where the interaction takes place. The course will have a strict analytical part that will be combined with a report on a language community. This course will be conducted in Spanish.

4 points, lecture/workshop. First offered spring 2016, and every spring thereafter. Prerequisites: SPAN-UA 100 Advanced Grammar and Composition or SPAN-UA 111 Advanced Spanish for Spanish Speakers, or the equivalent. This course will consist of a general vision of the linguistic structure of the Spanish language, the basic tools (sound and word combinations) that enable speakers of different areas to understand each other, the study of sentence meaning and of how the language varies according to social, geographic and pragmatic factors. The first module will concentrate on the sounds of Spanish

Course Information

SPAN-UA 230

Undergraduate

4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

1
Jabier Elorrieta
MW: 4:55 PM - 6:10 PM BOBS 836