Spanish & Portuguese | Spanish Phonetics
S425 | 4113 | Clayton
S425 Spanish Phonetics (3 credits) LING
P: 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:
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 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
Evaluation and expectations:
There will be a comprehensive final exam at the time listed in the
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
too fast if he or she is not studying at least two hours in preparation for
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. Students with valid reasons for missing an exam or quiz
should discuss the matter with me.
S425 4113 AUTH 9:05-9:55A MWF BH221 Prof. Mary Clayton
(SENIORS HAVE PRIORITY, See Karla Allgood in BH844 for AUTHORIZATION.)
NOTE: Students wishing to receive credit for honors work must register for
this course under
the rubric of READINGS FOR HONORS, S498, section #4119.