Spanish and Portuguese | Spanish Phonetics
S425 | 17492 | Professor Mary Clayton
HISP-S 425 Spanish Phonetics (3 credits) LINGUSITICS
Prerequisite: S310 or equivalent for those students who
matriculated prior to Summer 2003. S326 for those students who
matriculated Summer 2003 or after.
Textbooks: D. Lincoln Canfield, “Spanish Pronunciation in the
John B. Dalbor, “Spanish Pronunciation: Theory and
Topics to be covered:
Contrastive Spanish and English phonetics and phonology
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
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
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.
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
HISP-S 425 #17492 10:10A-11:00A MWF Room=TBA Prof. Mary Clayton