Spanish and Portuguese | Readings for Honors
S498 | 6139 | Professor Kimberly Geeslin
HISP-S 498 Readings for Honors (3 credits) LINGUISTICS
This course is for majors who are doing Honors in Spanish. This
S498, section 6139 meets with S425, Spanish Phonetics. If you are
leaning toward linguistics for your background on your honors
thesis, you may want to consider taking this S498 course. Contact
Karla Allgood in BH 844 for your permission.
S498 #6139 PERMISSION 1:00P-2:15P TR Professor Kimberly Geeslin
This course meets jointly with Hisp S425. See description below.
HISP-S 425 Spanish Phonetics (3 credits) LINGUISTICS
Prerequisite: S310 or equivalent for those students who
matriculated prior to Summer 2003.
S326 for those students who matriculated Summer 2003 or after.
The field of phonology and phonetics has as its primary goal the
description of the sounds produced in the world’s languages.
Students enrolled in this course will develop the necessary
vocabulary and theoretical knowledge to describe the sound system of
Spanish, and to contrast it with English. Although this course
requires knowledge of theoretical aspects of phonology and
phonetics, there are two important applications that make this
course especially practical. First, the ability to describe the
sound system of Spanish in technical terms will enable students to
analyze their own pronunciation and to use such knowledge to
increase their awareness of standard pronunciation. Students
interested in teaching Spanish in the future will gain insight into
the problems faced by English-speaking learners of Spanish. Second,
students will work with recorded speech from speakers of several
varieties of Spanish, thereby gaining experience with a broad group
of native-speakers and improving their own perceptive skills.
Required Text: Teschner, R. (1996). Camino Oral: Fonética,
fonología y práctica de los sonidos del español. New York: McGraw-
Hill. (This textbook comes with a required cassette tape.)
Course Requirements: Daily preparation, including textbook readings
and homework assignments, and active class participation are
essential for success in this course. In addition to periodic
graded homework assignments, students will complete three short
exams and a final project. This project will be presented in a
conference-style workshop at the end of the semester.
Note: This course meets jointly with HISP-S 498, class #6139.