Spanish & Portuguese | Spanish Phonetics
S425 | 4270 | Mary Clayton


S425 Spanish Phonetics   (3 credits)    LINGUISTICS
P:  S310, S311 or equivalent

Textbook: D. Lincoln Canfield, "Spanish Pronunciation in the
Americas".

On reserve in the library: John B. Dalbor, "Spanish Pronunciation:
Theory and Practice".  (One hard-bound copy and one xerox copy of
selected chapters)

Topics to be covered:
General phonetics
Spanish phonetics
Spanish phonology
Spanish orthography
Contrastive Spanish and English phonetics and phonology
Pronunciation practice
Dialects of Spanish

Goals: Students should derive the following from S425:
1) An understanding of how speech sounds are produced, and the
basic vocabulary necessary to talk about these speech sounds.
2) An understanding of the way in which speakers organize their
concept of speech sounds.
3) Knowledge of "correct" Spanish pronunciation, and how Spanish
orthography relates to pronunciation.
4) Improvement in his or her own pronunciation of Spanish.
5) The ability to recognize differences in various pronunciations
of the same word, and to recognize pronunciation errors in
his or her own speech and in the speech of others, and to
describe the error and its correction.
6) An understanding of the basic concepts of dialects,
"standard" vs. "nonstandard" language, some of the most
important features of the major dialects of Spanish.
7) Knowledge of the differences between the sounds of English
and the sounds of Spanish, and an understanding of the reasons
for the difficulties which Americans have with Spanish
pronunciation.

Evaluation and expectations:
There will be a comprehensive final exam at the time listed in
the schedule of classes, one 50-minute exam and several quizzes,
including pop quizzes if necessary.  (All assigned material is
eligible for quizzing.)
There will also be homework assignments, although the written
homework in S425 is not heavy.  Students are nonetheless expected to
study between class meetings, and no one should think that the
material is too hard or the pace too fast if he or she is not studying
at least two hours in preparation for each class.  Although some
people will not need that much preparation time, students should plan
for it until they see that they can make A's with less.
It should not be necessary to add that REGULAR and ATTENTIVE
ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION ARE REQUIRED FOR SUCCESS IN THE COURSE.
Finally, students are expected to be familiar with and to abide by the
University's policies on academic honesty.

Final grades will be determined as follows:

Quizzes - 30%
50-minute Exam  - 25%
Final Exam - 40%
Participation and *Homework - 5%

*Completion of all homework is "minimal".

There will be no grade changes except in cases of clerical or
computational error.  There will be no make-up quizzes or exams. Work
missed will lower your average, except that students with valid
reasons for missing an exam or quiz should discuss the matter with me.

S425  #4270  11:15A-12:05P    MWF   BH240    Professor Mary Clayton