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, and will be critically assessed through tutorial discussion and in a final essay.
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;
- think about, write and present an argument using evidence and results from sociolinguistic research.
Indicative AssessmentResponses to questions based on tutorial reading, presented weekly as part of the tutorial (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
2 x 50-min in-class tests (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
1,500-word essay (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
10-min oral presentation (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
A set of weekly readings will be made available on Wattle, drawn from (among others):
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.Penny, Ralph. 2005.
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