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01:940:419 Dialectology of the Spanish-Speaking World
Requirements for the course: successful completion of 940:261 01:940:362 or permission of department.


This course, Dialectology of the Spanish-Speaking World is the study of major dialects in the Spanish-speaking world. Theories of dialectology, geolinguistics, and social dialects as applied to Spanish. Survey of defining phonological, morphological, syntactic, and lexical features of modern dialects in Spain, Spanish America, and the U.S.


Learning goals:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary and basic concepts of Spanish dialectology.
  2. Be able to identify and describe the characteristics of the main dialects of Spanish, distinguishing the relationship between various dialects, their qualities and social environment in which it is spoken.
  3. Apply knowledge acquired during the analysis of data obtained individually.
  4. Be able to locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from multiple sources and write a report and make an oral presentation within a limited time frame and in accordance with the parameters required.


Students will be graded in the following areas:

Class participation and attendance
Two in-class exams
Writing assignments
Oral presentations
Final written paper


Required texts:
Lipski, John M. El español de América. 7ª. ed. Madrid: Ediciones Cátedra, 2011. Print. Extra readings in Sakai.

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Information Structure in Languages of the Americas. J. Camacho, R. Gutiérrez-Bravo and L. Sánchez (eds) (2010)
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