Spanish and Portuguese | Hispanic Colloquium
S495 | 18769 | Professor J. Clancy Clements


HISP-S 495  Hispanic Colloquium  (3 credits)          LINGUISTICS

Variable Title: Language Contact and the Formation of New Varieties
of Spanish and Portuguese

Prerequisite:  S326 or equivalent.

In this course, we study how new languages emerge from the contact
among speakers of two or more language communities who do not share
a common language. The key questions we will seek to find answers
for are: how do speakers who do not share a common language co-
create a language variety that serves their communicative needs?
What does that language variety look like? And, why does that
language take on the particular characteristics it does? To answer
these questions, we will learn a theoretical model of language
evolution and will formulate a number of research questions and
hypotheses based on this model about possible ways of co-creating a
new language, or changing an existing language. Then, in order to
test our hypotheses, we will examine a variety of case studies,
including, but not limited to, studies on Spanish and Portuguese-
based creoles, Spanish immigrant speech, Andean Spanish, 19th
century Cuban Spanish varieties, and Spanish-/Portuguese-based
border languages. We will use one textbook and a number of articles,
to be available on Oncourse. There will be a number of exercises,
two midterm exams, and one final project on a topic of interest to
the student and approved by the instructor.

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