Spanish and Portuguese | Spanish Phonetics
S425 | 16870 | Professor Mary Clayton

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.

Textbooks: D. Lincoln Canfield, “Spanish Pronunciation in the
John B. Dalbor, “Spanish Pronunciation: Theory and Practice”.

Topics to be covered:
General phonetics
Spanish phonetics
Spanish phonology
Spanish orthography
Contrastive Spanish and English phonetics and phonology
Pronunciation practice
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 Spanish pronunciation.

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
COURSE.  Finally, students are expected to be familiar with and to
abide by the University’s policies on academic honesty.

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

S425  #16870  10:10A-11:00A  MWF  BH 222   Professor Mary Clayton