Spanish and Portuguese | Hispanic Colloquium
S495 | 24030 | Professor César Félix-Brasdefer

HISP-S 495  Hispanic Colloquium  (3 credits)     LINGUISTICS
Prerequisite:  S310 or equivalent for those students who
matriculated prior to Fall 2003.
S326 for those students who matriculate Fall 2003 or after.

Topic:  Pragmatic development in a second language.

Pragmatics is broadly defined as the study of language in social
interaction and of the social contexts in which linguistic action
takes place. After an introduction to basic concepts of pragmatics,
we will study how non-native speakers develop pragmatic ability over
time in a second language, specifically, we will examine non-native
speakers’ comprehension and production of various communicative
actions such as requests, apologies, refusals, complaints, or
compliments. Particular attention will be given to sociocultural
aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures, such as (im)politeness, (in)
directness, power, social distance, and attenuation. Further,
students will learn to transcribe and analyze learner data at
various stages of development. Finally, the course will examine the
issue of whether instruction of pragmatics influences learners’
pragmatic competence.

Evaluation will consist of exams, critical essays, class
presentations, and a final paper. At the end of the semester, there
will be a colloquium where students’ final projects will be
presented professionally.

LANGUAGE. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

A set of selected readings will be available on E-reserves.

S495 #24030  4:00P-5:15P   TR     Professor César Félix-Brasdefer
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