SPAN4400A - Intro to Hispanic Linguistics

1 SPAN 4400 A: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Spring 2015
Department of English & Foreign Languages
Georgia Regents University
Class meeting times: Mondays & Wednesdays 1300-1415 (1-2:30 pm) Allgood Hall E151 Instructor: Dr. Christopher Botero Office: Allgood Hall E344 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-4 pm AND ALWAYS BY APPOINTMENT Office Phone: 706-667-4167 Email: If you email me, expect a response/turn-around time of 48 hours. Generally, I am able to respond within a few hours.
Required Text:
Hualde, J.I. et. al. (2010). Introducción a la lingüística hispánica. (2da edición). Cambridge.
Check your GRU email on a frequent basis, for handouts or important messages.
The course is comprised of an introduction to linguistics using data from the Spanish language:
phonology, syntax, historical linguistics and dialectology.
Prerequisites: Three upper-division classes in Spanish with a C or better, or permission of instructor.
- To understand the central concepts of Spanish linguistics
- To understand phonetic & phonological features of Spanish
- To understand the theory underlying the word order of Spanish.
- To understand how/why Latin evolved into contemporary varieties of Spanish and other
dialects of Romance.
- To be able to distinguish between many dialects of contemporary Spanish.
Exams (y ensayo)
Eventos / charlas (3) 5%
2 Teaching Methods
Classes are generally comprised of a presentation by instructor. Students are expected to take notes,
but to also keep up with corresponding readings given by the instructor and complete any
homework assignments to prepare you for the exams. All documents for the course, such as
(incomplete) lecture powerpoints, answers to homework assignments not discussed in class,
handouts, and related readings not in the required text will be posted on D2L.
No eating is permitted during class period. Cell phones must be turned on silent mode,
however you are free to use your technology (laptops, tablets, cell phone apps) to take notes
or however needed. Students are not permitted to drift in and out of class. If you yawn, cover
your mouth and if you arrive late, please enter the room quietly. Classes may not be recorded, and
no visitors are permitted.
There are four partial exams (and one ‘take-home’ essay). Dates are indicated on the syllabus.
You must attend THREE (3) Foreign Language departmental events, tertulias, talks, films, etc.
Students will be required to produce a group (consisting of three to four students total) final
project/presentation in (applied) linguistics or related field (such as SLA), to be done in class on the
days indicated on the course calendar. Presentations should last no longer than 40 minutes, allowing
20 minutes for discussion. All presentations must be done in Powerpoint AND IN Spanish,
although some of the literature may be published in English.
The instructor will assign the groups, as well as the topic. All necessary readings will be provided to
you by the instructor, i.e. you will not be required to do additional research. You are, of course, free
and encouraged to do so. The topic will be an area of Hispanic (applied) linguistics (language
policy/attitude, bilingualism, code switching, language learning, etc.). More information to come in
the following weeks.
Participation is mandatory every class. Students are allowed TWO absences. Any unexcused
absence beyond that will result in -5% off your final grade for the course.
Mutual respect and courtesy are fundamental. Disrespectful, rude, or disruptive behaviour are not
Lectura / tema correspondiente
Introducción a la lingüística (capítulo1)
La fonética
La fonética
La fonética
Entregar ensayo el miércoles
Exam 1
La morfología
La sintaxis
La sintaxis
La sintaxis
La sintaxis, la semántica
Exam 2
Variación temporal / lingüística histórica
Variación temporal / lingüística histórica
El español en el mundo hoy en día
Exam 3
El español en los EU, Judeoespañol
Investigaciones recientes y actuales, tema TBA
Presentaciones finales
Investigaciones recientes y actuales, tema TBA
Presentaciones finales
Investigaciones recientes y actuales, tema TBA
Presentaciones finales
Examen final: durante ‘Finals Week’
Tutoring and the Language Resource Center Free tutoring in all foreign languages is offered to students currently enrolled in foreign language
classes at GRU. The tutoring schedule will be posted in the Department of English and Foreign
Languages (AH E227) and the Language Resource Center (AH E365) by the second week of classes.
Tutors may not be available in the summer. The LRC has a collection of movies and reading materials that may be used when the center is open
for tutoring. Students may check out books but not AV materials. Alpha Mu Gamma Alpha Mu Gamma, the national collegiate foreign language society, has a chapter at GRU. Students
with two A's in unrepeated courses in the same foreign language, and at least a 3.0 overall GPA will
be invited to join. 4 The chapter holds events open to all students throughout the year. Your instructor will give you
information about these events. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Georgia Regents University defines academic integrity as the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open,
honest and responsible manner. All students should act with personal integrity, respect other
students’ dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can
succeed through the fruits of their efforts. Dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated in this course. Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of
academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of
another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the
academic work of other students. Students who are found to be dishonest will receive academic
sanctions and will be reported to the University’s Judicial Affairs office for possible further
disciplinary sanction. DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT Georgia Regents University encourages qualified people with disabilities to participate in its
programs and activities and is committed to the policy that all people shall have equal access to
programs, facilities, and admissions without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability,
performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. If
you anticipate needing any type of accommodation in this course or have questions about physical
access, please tell the instructor as soon as possible. DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE MAJORS &
Students should begin early in the semester preparing items for their portfolio, which is required.
Check the department web page for deadlines and for more information, or speak to your professor.
Complete information about the portfolio is available on the EFL website at
All students in upper division foreign language courses at GRU are expected to maintain a Foreign
Language Portfolio (FLP) for each language they study at GRU. The FLP provides students an
opportunity to select evidence of their learning, reflect on it, and make it part of the assessment of
their learning. It makes students’ language learning process more transparent, helps them to
understand the developmental path that second language learning takes within a school setting, and
enables them to assume more responsibility for their own learning, thus encouraging learner
autonomy and promoting lifelong learning.
Students are required to submit the FLP for faculty evaluation twice, once as a Junior Portfolio (JP)
with three artifacts, once as a Senior Portfolio (SP) with five additional artifacts. If you have already
completed 9 credit hours of upper-division work in a foreign language OR you will have more than 9
hours with the successful completion of course work this semester, then you are required to submit
a JP this semester as part of your work for this course. If you do not complete this requirement
before the end of the semester, you will receive an "I" (incomplete) for the course.
5 If you already have 24 credit hours of upper-division work in a foreign language OR you will have
more than 24 with the successful completion of course work this semester, then you are required to
submit a SP this same semester as part of your work for this course. If you do not complete this
requirement before the end of the semester, you will not graduate.
Contact your portfolio advisor or the Foreign Language Portfolio Coordinator.
Departmental Exams
Students who complete their fourth upper-division class this semester will take the departmental
exam, level one. Students who complete their tenth upper-division class this semester will take the
departmental exam, level two. Exam dates will be scheduled shortly and all students will receive
notification through their UNIVERSITY email, so please check it daily. You will not be able to
continue taking advanced Spanish classes until you have taken the level one exam, and you will not
graduate if you do not take the level two exam.
Exit Interview
Graduating majors must have an exit interview. Be sure to check your email regularly to see when it
is scheduled.
Student Learning Outcomes for FL Minor (Completion of 4 upper-division courses)
Intermediate-High speakers are able to handle successfully many uncomplicated tasks and social
situations requiring an exchange of basic information relate to work, school, recreation, particular
interests and areas of competence, though hesitation and errors may be evident. Speakers at this
level are able to narrate and describe in major time frames using connected discourse of paragraph
Student Learning Outcomes for FL Major (Completion of 10 upper-division courses)
Speakers at the Advanced Low level are able to handle a variety of communicative tasks, although
somewhat haltingly at times. They participate actively in most informal conversations and to a lesser
degree in formal conversations when related to events of work, public and personal interest.
Advanced-low speakers demonstrate the ability to narrate and describe in all major time frames in
paragraph-length discourse, but control of aspect may be lacking at times.
Guidelines for the Spanish Club tertulia
Normas generales para la tertulia del Club de español
1. The tertulia will not count as “extra credit” for any class. It counts as an “event” for all
advanced Spanish classes.
La Tertulia no contará como “crédito extra” para ninguna clase. Contará sólo como un
“evento” para todos los estudiantes de las clases superiores de español.
2. Professors who attend the tertulia may use “themes” for discussion if they so choose.
Los profesores que asistan a la tertulia pueden usar “temas” para discutir, si ellos lo desean.
3. Students who sign the sign-in sheet must write the name of ONE professor for which the
event will count. The event cannot count for more than one professor.
Los estudiantes que firmen en las hojas de asistencia deben escribir sólo el nombre de UN
profesor, el cual contará específicamente para ese evento. El evento no puede contar para
más de un profesor.
4. The tertulia is designed as an opportunity for students to practice Spanish. Therefore, these
guidelines must be followed:
6 La tertulia está programada como una oportunidad para que los estudiantes practiquen
español. Por lo tanto, deben seguirse las siguientes normas:
a. Students may not invite friends or family who do not speak Spanish.
Los estudiantes no deben invitar amigos o familiares que no hablen español.
b. Students must speak Spanish.
Los estudiantes deben hablar español.
c. Students must sit with the group, not at different tables with their friends.
Los estudiantes deben sentarse con el grupo que está practicando español, no deben
sentarse en mesas diferentes con sus amigos.
d. Students must order at least one item (i.e. a coke).
Los estudiantes deben ordenar o pedir una cosa como mínimo, por ejemplo, una CocaCola.
e. Students must stay for one hour.
Los estudiantes deben permanecer una hora.