Spanish & Portuguese | Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
S426 | 3905 | Geeslin

S426 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3 credits)   LINGUISTICS
Prerequisites: S310 or S311 or equivalent; recommended: S425
or P425 or general phonetics course.

This course provides an introduction to Spanish linguistics and
establishes the basis for future application of linguistic principles.
The content included is an overview of basic linguistic properties with
a focus on Spanish.  The course begins with an exploration of the
sound system of Spanish and its theoretical representation.  Building
on this, the discussion continues with topics in Spanish morphology
such as word formation and verbal inflection.  Finally, issues in
syntax and semantics are analyzed both in isolation and in terms of
their relationship to each other.
The goal of this course is to provide students with a level of
knowledge that enables them to make connections between the
structure of Spanish and relevant issues in contemporary Hispanic
linguistics.  Thus, course readings and activities will also include
discussions of research in language acquisition, sociolinguistics
and historical linguistics in order to apply the theoretical constructs
studied.  Some of the topics included will be classroom acquisition
of Spanish, natural language acquisition of Spanish, language
variation, language change and the linguistic effects of language
contact.  Students will complete three exams and prepare a
presentation on a relevant linguistic issue.  Active class participation
and daily preparation will be an essential component of this course.

S426  #3905  1:25-2:15P  MWF  BH235  Professor Kimberly Geeslin