Spanish and Portuguese | Spanish Phonetics
S425 | 10863 | Professor César Félix-Brasdefer


HISP-S 425  Spanish Phonetics  (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.

Course Description:
This course examines the sound system of Spanish with particular
attention to the articulatory properties of vowels and consonants.
The course begins with a description and discussion of fundamental
concepts in Spanish phonetics and phonology with practical
applications for improving the student’s pronunciation of Spanish.
Students will also learn the organs of the vocal tract that are
responsible for the production of sounds. A primary goal of this
course is to learn and practice the general principles of phonetic
transcription which will be applied to samples of different dialects
of the Spanish-Speaking world. Some of the other topics in this
course include: the structure of the syllable, (re)syllabification,
intonation and stress in Spanish, and regular phonological processes
that affect pronunciation at the word, sentence, and discourse
level. In addition, phonological changes which occurred from Old to
Modern Spanish will be analyzed. Finally, this course will examine
and compare phonological variation in different varieties of Spanish
and explain how this variation is subject to both linguistic and
social factors.

HISP-S 425  #10863  2:30P-3:20P  MWF   BH 105
Professor César Félix-Brasdefer

Note:  This class HISP-S 425 meets jointly with HISP-S 498, Honors,
#10866.