Hispanic Linguistics Graduate Courses

SPAN 583A - Experimental Spanish Phonetics I
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

An introduction to the study of the sounds of Spanish from the perspective of experimental, instrumental phonetics. Additionally, this course assumes an “applied” perspective in that it will help students to explore issues pertaining to bilingualism, second language learning, dialectal variation and sound change.

SPAN 583B - Experimental Spanish Phonetics II
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

An introduction to the study of speech perception from the perspective of instrumental auditory phonetics: the basics of speech perception, issues in the perception and processing of sounds and sound categories in bilinguals and second language learners, and effects of speech perception constraints on dialectal variation.

SPAN 583C - Phonetics III: Experimental and quantitative methods in Spanish linguistics
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

How to acquire the skills necessary to carry out experimental research in language science: hypothesis testing, experimental design, quantitative data collection, quantitative analysis or statistics and, finally, interpretation of the implications of experimental results.

SPAN 584A - Spanish Sociolinguistics I: Languages in Contact
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

An overview of sociolinguistic issues pertaining to the contact between languages in general, and the contact between Spanish with other languages in particular: diglossia, language maintenance, attrition, shift, convergence, code-switching, and borrowing. It helps develop skills to discuss and assess theoretical frames and methodological procedures in the field of contact sociolinguistics.

SPAN 584B - Sociolinguistics II: Language Variation
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

An introduction to the study of Hispanic sociolinguistics from a variationist perspective, whose main focus is to study the role of Spanish in its social context as the basis for understanding issues central to observation, description, and explanation of linguistic variation and change across time.

SPAN 584C - Research Methods in Sociolinguistics
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

Practical instruction in the methods used in sociolinguistic research: how to design a study, find the subjects, collect and analyze data, and present our results. The methodologies covered will include quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of language variation, dialectal perception, language attitudes, style-shifting, language choice, and code-switching.

SPAN 696D - Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course is designed to explore theoretical and applied issues involving language and linguistics. Throughout the course we will examine an array of perspectives. In the light of the readings students will develop original research projects. Possible topics include:

Language evolution: Focuses on the analysis and evaluation of theories that try to explain the origins of the faculty of language in the human species. It brings together ideas and hypotheses not only from linguistics, but also from the fields of neurology, psychology, biology, sociology, ethology, mathematical modeling of complex systems, and studies in animal communication. Students learn to evaluate to what extent modern theories about the phylogeny of language are compatible with the most recent findings in linguistics theory.

A variationist perspective on language contact: In this seminar, students familiar with the basics of variationist framework of analysis and concepts in bilingualism engage in quantitative treatments to the examination of bilingual varieties, with emphasis on assessment of the impact of English on the development of local Spanish. 

Other seminar topics:

Introduction to Translation Studies: Overview of translation studies as an interdisciplinary discipline that focuses on translation and interpreting research. Emphasis on applied linguistics, language acquisition, and translation curriculum design and pedagogy.

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