Introduction to sociolinguistics with emphasis on bilingualism and language contact in the Spanish-speaking world, including the United States. Diverse aspects of Spanish regional varieties will be explored, especially in Texas. Students will analyze phonological, morphological, grammatical, and lexical features of Spanish dialects in order to implement these main concepts in classroom instruction.
Course Credits: 3
Student Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Recognize and describe fundamental aspects, issues, and methods in the field of sociolinguistics through selected readings, discussion forums, and virtual sessions.
- Identify and examine differences in language usage based on gender, age, social class; linguistic variations; speech registers, etc. in oral presentations and short essays.
- Identify and examine differences in lingüistic variations in heritage speakers and students of Spanish as a second language in the United States in a short research essay.
- Produce a final research project applying theoretical knowledge into the analysis of sociolinguistic phenomena or into the teaching of Spanish as a second language.