This course will consist of a general vision of Spanish as spoken currently in the United States. First, a historical overview and demographic data will be offered. Second, the student will learn about the speech areas of US Spanish, together with the main sound, structural and lexical features of each of these dialects and sociolects of Spanish. At the same time, students will familiarize themselves with the main literature on the topic and prepare possible topics of research. Third, sociolinguistic details of each of the main varieties will be discussed, including the uses and characteristics of code switching and the host of phenomena of language convergence commonly referred to as Spanglish. The last part of the course will be devoted to practical applications for the teaching of Spanish courses in the US to native or heritage speakers, including what the main goals could be as regards differences in register, cultural literacy and identity. Overall, the course offers perspectives on language choice, linguistic variation, the relationship between language and identity, official language policies, educational policy, as well as individual and societal bilingualism.

Recent topics include: New Borderlands in Latin America and Spain, Cultures of the Mexican Revolution, Myth and Literature, Hispanic Cities, Latin American Film, Intimacy and Precarity, Performance and Human Rights in Latin America, Literature and Animality, and Is Spanish One Language?

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4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Summer 2017

Jabier Elorrieta
MW: 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM TISC LC5

Fall 2017

Gabriel Alejandro Giorgi
TR: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM TISC LC15
Eduardo R Subirats
M: 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM KJCC