Spanish & Portuguese | Spanish Phonetics
S425 | 3904 | Clayton
S425 Spanish Phonetics (3 credits) LINGUISTICS
Prerequisite: S310 or S311 or equivalent
Textbook: D. Lincoln Canfield, "Spanish Pronunciation in
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
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 #3904 10:10-11:00A MWF BH336 Professor Mary Clayton
NOTE: Students wishing to receive credit for honors work must register
for this course under the rubric of READINGS FOR HONORS,
S498, section #3910