Spanish and Portuguese | Themes in Spanish Linguistics
S712 | 12653 | E. Willis


Professor Erik Willis
email:  ewwillis


S712 	Themes in Spanish Linguistics

MW 4:00p  5:15p/section# 12653/3 cr./BH 108

Topic: Spanish Laboratory Phonology with a focus on prosody


This course examines issues in the Spanish Phonological system based
on laboratory data with a significant portion dedicated to issues in
prosody.  A portion of the class will be devoted to reviewing
methods and techniques employed by Laboratory Phonology studies in
general, followed by specific topics in Spanish Phonology.  Spanish
topics, beyond basic laboratory analysis, will include intonation
and variation, stress, hiatus resolution, utterance signaling, and
the perception of intonation.  The skills and methods employed in
this course will be applicable to a variety of phonological research
purposes such as second language acquisition, bilingualism,
dialectology and variation.  A primary goal of the course is to
enable students to conduct original research in Spanish laboratory
phonology.

Course requirements include a series of phonetic and phonological
analyses, class presentations, article reviews, and a final research
project.  Course materials include the acoustic analysis software
PRAAT, texts "Phonetic Data Analysis" (2003) and "The Sounds of
Spanish" (2005), "Intonational Phonology" (2008) and assigned
articles.