SPAN6331 New World, Peninsular Spanish Dialectology

Course Description

This course deals with the contrast between Spanish vocabulary from Spain (Peninsular) and the dialectical variation among speech communities throughout the New World. Special attention will be given to synchronic changes due to linguistic borrowing and close relationships with neighboring languages.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Admission into the graduate program in Spanish at UTPB.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Interpret and identify the processes of language contact and dialectical variations of Spanish through selected readings and Skype sessions.
  • Describe, analyze, and express the factors that determine linguistic variations and change in situations of language contact in two video debates.
  • Interpret and apply main concepts of linguistic contact theory in the analysis of selected texts in two short academic essays.
  • Distinguish, contrast, and argue about linguistic uses and attitudes and dialectical variations of Spanish in two discussion forums.
  • Explain, analyze, and evaluate factors that have contributed to the diversity of the Spanish language as it is found throughout the world today in a final project.