Hispanic Linguistics Graduate Courses

PORT 325A - Intermediate Grammar and Conversation
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

For intermediate students to enhance their linguistic abilities, and develop control of oral communication at advanced level by developing native-like discourse strategies.  Prerequisite(s): PORT 200, 305, or permission from the department.

SPAN 574A - Language in the Mexican-American experience
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This introductory course focuses on the role of language in the development of Mexican-American experiences in the Southwest. In particular, it focuses on the Mexican American language experience in the borderlands of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Some of the topics included in this course are: bilingualism, language attitudes, prestige, pride, and identity as well as other linguistic issues related to Spanish in the Southwest.

SPAN 574B - Heritage Language Research
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course provides graduate students with an opportunity to explore main issues and theories in  the field of heritage languages from different perspectives and prepare them to conduct research in this field. Some of the topics included in the course include: heritage language populations and communities, language policies and ideologies, heritage language competence and development, and heritage language pedagogues. Emphasis will be placed on Spanish as a heritage language in the United States but other heritage languages will also be covered.

SPAN 580A - Spanish Phonology I
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course is an overview of the phonological system of Spanish and some of the analyses proposed by generative phonology. It covers alternative accounts of the same phenomenon with the goal of introducing the student to phonological analysis and to advances made by various theories in trying to account for the facts in various dialects of Spanish. Given the need for a strong foundation and mastery of concepts and tools of phonological theory, a significant part of the course will be devoted to introducing students to them. The second part of the course focuses on the application of those tools and concepts to the phonological system of Spanish on the basis of extant analyses. A sound knowledge of the descriptive facts about the phonology of Spanish is assumed.

SPAN 580B - Spanish Phonology II
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course continues the study of the generative analysis of the phonological system of Spanish started in Spanish phonology I. SPAN 580 (Spanish Phonology II) reviews recent analyses of important phonological processes of Spanish, highlighting advances, difficulties and unresolved theoretical and empirical issues. The course aims to provide students with: (a) the knowledge and resources necessary to read and critique/analyze generative analyses of the phonological system of Spanish; (b) a general understanding of major theoretical models of phonology through their application to Spanish; (c) a general understanding of the challenges presented by Spanish to modern linguistic analysis, as well as the ability to formulate research questions. Students who wish to enroll in the course are required to have a sound knowledge of the descriptive facts of the phonology of Spanish and of major concepts/tools of generative phonology.

SPAN 580C - Spanish Phonology III
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

The course offers guided instruction in the production of original research in Spanish phonology. The course assumes the possession of a solid knowledge of the current literature, of alternative frameworks, and the ability to read independently, understand and critically read phonological analyses.

SPAN 581A - Foreign Language Teaching Theory and Methodology
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

The goal of this course is to systematically examine methods, approaches, techniques and activities for the teaching of foreign languages and its use in the classroom. It will include an overview of learner strategies and cooperative learning, the use and adaptation of textbooks, and some of the journals available in the field. Participants will be introduced to second language acquisition theories, course design, lesson planning and testing, and have experience creating a cohesive instructional unit.

SPAN 581B - Heritage language pedagogy
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course serves as an introduction to the  main theories and practices in the field of Spanish as a Heritage Language (SHL) education. The course will begin by defining the field and SHL learners and will address issues related to the goals of SHL instruction and methods available for its teaching, sociolinguistics processes common in SHL students¿ Spanish and the sociopolitical position of Spanish in the US.  This course incorporates a practical component of classroom observation and lesson and activity planning to prepare future teachers for effective SHL teaching practices.

SPAN 582A - Spanish Syntax I
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course involves an examination of the methods and argumentation used in syntactic analysis, both from a general point of view and from the perspective of generative grammar. Emphasis is placed on analyzing language data, on constructing and evaluating syntactic argumentation, and on understanding the Principles & Parameters approach to the study of sentence structure. Secondarily, this course is also an introduction to scientific theorizing: what it means to construct a scientific theory, how to test a scientific theory, how to choose among competing theories. Linguistic data will be drawn from Spanish.

SPAN 582B - Spanish Syntax II
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

This course introduces students to innovations in syntactic theory that have been proposed within the last decade. Students will move beyond the introductory-text level and extend their knowledge of Principles & Parameters approaches to syntax through discussion of the goals of Minimalist Syntax and its hypotheses about design aspects of the human faculty of language. The course explores in detail how postulated minimalist primitives and operations interact to generate the (complex) structures that are characteristic of natural language sentences.

SPAN 582C - Spanish Syntax III
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall,Spring

The purpose of this course is to offer a overview of the research related to the interaction between syntax, informational content, and prosodic phonology that accounts for the differences in Spanish word order.

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 585 - Introduction to Translation Studies
Units: 3
Usually Offered: Spring

The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of translation studies, the scholarly discipline that focuses on translation and interpreting research.   A secondary goal is to guide participants in the design of their own research projects in an area of translation studies. The course consists of a survey component that reviews the main areas of translation studies and various issues in translation and applied linguistics, and of a more practical section that applies the concepts reviewed to the design of research projects and/or curriculum.  Although there is a clear focus on those areas of translation studies relevant to applied linguistics and language acquisition, topics in literary and cultural studies will be reviewed (e.g. cultural studies, systems theory etc.).  Introduction to Translation Studies is aimed at students of linguistics, SLAT, literature, cultural studies, and related fields.

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.