Spanish and Portuguese | Themes in Spanish Linguistics
S712 | 24022 | J. C. Clements

Professor J. Clancy Clements

S712	Themes in Spanish Linguistics
Topic: Spanish and Portuguese in contact with other languages

TR 9:30am – 10:45am/class# 24022/3cr./Location TBA

In this seminar, we employ the evolutionary model of language change
developed by Croft (2000) and Mufwene (2001) to examine several
Spanish and Portuguese language varieties that have come into being
due to contact-induced language change. We start by studying the
factors involved in the formation of Spanish and Portuguese and the
socio-historical circumstances that led to the Portuguese and
Spanish colonization of parts of America, Africa, and Asia. Having
this background as a basis, we then discuss the creation and
structure of numerous varieties, including but not limited to the
following: 15th-16th century pidgin Portuguese, Spanish- and
Portuguese-based creoles, Chinese Coolie Spanish, Chinese immigrant
Spanish, Bozal Spanish (Cuba and the Caribbean), Quechua Spanish,
Guaraní Spanish in Paraguay, Fronterizo Spanish-Portuguese in
Portugal and Spain, and Spanish in the U.S. (e.g. Spangish, etc. in
areas such as Florida, NYCity, the Southwest).

Course requirements include: written assignments based on readings,
summarizing and writing critiques on readings, an abstract written
on the paper project, an oral presentation of the final paper
project, and a final paper project of original research on one or
more language contact situations. The main text for the course is
Sarah G. Thomason. 2001. Language Contact. Washington, D. C.:
Georgetown University Press.

This course requires authorization. Please contact the Graduate
Studies Office, 855-9194.