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Ganeshdath D. Basdeo
SPAN 323
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

Synchronic and diachronic linguistic analysis of Spanish, including Spanish phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and evolution of the language. Prerequisite: either SPAN 301 or SPAN 314, or SPAN 302, SPAN 303, SPAN 310, SPAN 314, SPAN 315, SPAN 316, or SPAN 330, any of which may be taken concurrently. Offered: SpS.

Class description

This course provides an introduction to the linguistic study of Spanish. We will study core areas of grammar: morphology, or the word-building processes of the language; phonetics, or the articulatory and acoustic properties of sounds; phonology, or the sound patterns of human language, and syntax, the sentence-building system of the language. The course is devoted to 'synchronic' grammar (the grammar of modern Spanish). We will also view two videos dealing with language in general.

The primary purposes of the course are:

(1) To present basic concepts of linguistic analysis. These concepts will better enable you to analyze Spanish on your own, regardless of what further courses you take.

Familiarity with these concepts also provides a foundation for more in-depth study of Spanish linguistics.

(2) To gain skill in analytic thinking, by solving problems of linguistic analysis. Some exams will have at least one question which will require an analytic answer.

(This is a 300 - level Spanish course. In addition to the linguistic material on which you will obviously be tested, it is expected that you will show proficiency in those areas in which you are tested in regular Spanish grammar classes - spelling, accentuation, sentence construction, expression of ideas, etc. You will be encountering a lot of new linguistic vocabulary in Spanish that will greatly enhance your vocabulary. You will be responsible for its acquisition.)

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

As of Winter quarter 2004, this course has been changed from 3 credits to 5. We will meet twice a week - Mondays and Wednesdays - for 2 fifty minute sessions each day. The first session of each day will be devoted to a general lecture which I will present. For the second session, students will be divided into groups of about 25 to work on exercises relating to the material presented in session one. One group will be working with me, and the other groups with TA's. One of the groups will be meeting for the exercise session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will be informed when classes begin. Exercise sessions are crucial to your success in the course. Consider them REVIEW for the exams.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

There will be four examinations in the course - one at the end of each segment studied. This is a 5credit course. According to standard University expectations, a 5 credit course involves 12 hours of student effort per week during a regular quarter. The course is organized so that reading, study, and assignments outside class should require about six hours per week for the average student.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Ganeshdath D. Basdeo
Date: 10/24/2005