Spanish & Portuguese | BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH METHODS IN HISPANIC LINGUISTICS
S503 | 4277 | Clements


Professor Clancy Clements
email: clements@indiana.edu

MW 9:30am - 10:45 am/section #4277/3cr./Ballantine Hall 142

This course introduces students to a survey and application of the
skills and tools necessary to carry out a research program in Hispanic
linguistics.

First an overview of the history of linguistics will be given, whereby
particular attention will be paid to the development of linguistic
thought, and to contributions to its development made by Romance
linguists. We will discuss the position of Nebrija s grammar in this
evolution. and move onto the Neogrammarians and historical grammar. We
will finish this overview with the structuralism (Saussure,
Bloomfield) and a look at Generative Grammar on the one hand and
Functional, Cognitive and Typological Linguistics on the other.

Apart from the quizzes, a major assignment in bibliography compilation
will be done to familiarize students with all the means the library
offers for bibliography collection (MLA BIBLIOGRAPHY in hard copy and
on disk, BIBLIOGRAPHIE LINGUISTIQUE, SOCIAL SCIENCE ABSTRACTS,
LINGUISTIC ABSTRACTS, OCLC, RUN and bibliography collections specific
to Hispanic linguistics (Nuessel). Students will choose a topic for
his/her bibliography list of his/her own particular interest. Software
for establishing a personal bibliography list will also be discussed.
Several exercises will be dedicated to critical readings of articles
on Hispanic linguistic topics, whereby students will learn the general
procedure of how to question general theoretical claims and the data
supporting those claims.  If there is time, we will talk about the
role of variationist avalysis in linguistic work.  Students will
complete several exercises on the writing of abstracts and
squibs/critiques.

TEXTS:  Robins, R.H. 1990.  A short history of linguistics. (Third
edition.) London and New York: Longman, and a course packet