• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Spanish
  • Areas of interest European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages, Language Studies, Latin American Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course is an introduction to the main concepts and methods of  analysis and interpretation of dialectal variation across the Spanish-speaking world. The focus will be on lexical and syntactic differences in Spanish as spoken in Europe and Latin America, including consideration of how these differences arose, as well as how they are maintained in modern day society. Students will be introduced to methodologies in studying variation, and will gain first-hand experience at empirical linguistic analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the complex nature of variation and its context.
  2. Identify and describe variation across different varieties of Spanish.
  3. Systematically analyse variation across different varieties of Spanish, using linguistic theories.
  4. Use appropriate linguistic terminology in spoken and written language.
  5. Link variation patterns to theoretical concepts.

Indicative Assessment

2 Exams 40% (20% each, in class, 50 minutes) (LO 1,2,3,4,5)

Oral presentation 30% (recorded; 15-min talk, 5 min  discussion) (LO 1,2,4,5)

Critical summary of linguistic reading (1200 words)  (20%) (LO 1,2,4,5)

Participation 10% (LO 1,2,3,4,5)

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This course has three contact hours (1 lecture, 1 linguistic forum and 1 tutorial) per week for 13 weeks.
Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed SPAN2002 or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SPAN6604. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Textbook and any additional readings will be posted on Wattle and/or distributed in class.





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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