Spanish and Portuguese | Hispanic Colloquium
S495 | 14670 | 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:  Spanish Syntax: Syntactic Variation in the Spanish-Speaking
World

Course Description:
Syntax represents one of the core areas of linguistics and is
broadly defined as the study of the combinatorial properties of
sentences. It examines the internal structure of the sentence
(simple and compound) and how certain phrases within the sentence
are combined in different word orders to produce a specific meaning.
After an examination of the fundamental concepts of morphology with
regard to the internal structure of lexical categories (noun, verb,
adjective, pronouns, adverbs, preposition, conjunction), the course
will analyze how these words combine to form syntactic categories at
the sentence level (noun phrase, verb phrase, adjectival phrase,
adverbial phrase, prepositional phrase). Some of the topics include:
the notion of subject, transitivity, word order, focus, the
pronominal system in Spanish, quantifiers, negation, the verbal
system, the Spanish SE, transformations (question formation, subject-
verb inversion), and the active and passive voices. The relationship
between syntax (sentence structure) and pragmatics (speaker’s
intentional meaning) will be examined with examples from Spanish.
Overall, knowledge of syntax is aimed at improving the learners’
proficiency level of Spanish and fostering an awareness of the
syntactic variation present across the Spanish-Speaking world.

HISP-S 495  #14670   1:25P-2:15P   MWF   BH322
Professor César Félix-Brasdefer