- Code LANG6004
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Language Studies
- Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Latin American Languages, Language Studies, Latin American Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
This course presents a linguistic survey of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries in Latin America, with a focus on the regional, social, and ethnic diversity in language use. Through the study of the history of Spanish and Portuguese in the region, contact with Amerindian and African languages and language planning and policy, students will gain an understanding of how the Spanish and Portuguese varieties spoken in Latin America were formed and of the social reality in which they exist today. Readings will be drawn from a selection of classic and contemporary research in the area written in Spanish, and will be critically assessed through tutorial discussion and in a final essay. Students will carry out a research project on a topic of their choice drawn from areas covered in the course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the role of language in society, in particular as it applies to the Latin American context;
- Critically engage with scholarship in the field;
- Conduct an original empirical analysis in the area of sociolinguistics;
- Think about, write and present an argument using evidence and results from sociolinguistic research, comprising published and original work.
- Conduct and present research in Spanish.
Indicative AssessmentResponses to questions based on tutorial reading, submitted weekly in Spanish (20%) [LO 1, 2]
2 x 50-min in-class tests (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
2,000-word essay, in Spanish (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Oral presentation with PowerPoint, in Spanish (20 mins) (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Lipski, John M. 1994. Latin American Spanish. London: Longman.
Mar-Molinero, Clare. 2000. Politics of language in the Spanish-speaking world. London / New York: Routledge.
Penny, Ralph. 2000. Variation and change in Spanish. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Penny, Ralph. 2002. A history of the Spanish language (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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