Spanish and Portuguese | Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
S326 | 18525 | Professor Laura Gurzynski-Weiss
HISP-S 326 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: S280 or S310 or equivalent.
This course serves as an introduction to the scientific study of the
Spanish language. It begins with an examination of how linguistics
as a field of study arose and why language is unique to human
beings, rendering it a cognitive system. This is followed by the
study of the sounds of Spanish (phonetics), how they are produced,
and the rules that mediate how sounds are combined (phonology). Next
is an exploration of the history of the Spanish language, dialectal
differences, and factors that contribute to these differences.
Students will investigate sociolinguistic topics, as well as Spanish
in the United States. The study of word structure in Spanish
(morphology), sentence structure and interpretation (syntax), as
well as how meaning is derived (semantics and pragmatics) is also
examined. The course ends with a brief introduction to second
language acquisition. The purpose of this course is to give students
the foundation needed to carry out and pursue further linguistic
study. The course carries N & M credit.
HISP-S 326 #18525 1:00P-2:15P TR BH 011
Prof. Laura Gurzynski-Weiss