• 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 PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course introduces students to the multilingual nature of the Spanish-speaking world and related global issues, such as migration and diffusion of language variability, language attitudes, and educational politics. The main focus is on diverse outcomes of language contact with Amerindian languages in its historical and contemporary context. Students will investigate how multilingualism, in its social and geographic dimensions, affects lexical and syntactic differences in Spanish as spoken in Latin America and in Europe by extension. Based on in-depth case studies and individual research projects, students will be introduced to methodologies in studying dialectal variability 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 have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the complex nature of language contact and multilingualism in its context.
  2. Identify and describe complexities of different varieties of Spanish.
  3. Systematically analyze variability across different varieties of Spanish, using linguistic theories.
  4. Use complex terminology in spoken and written language.
  5. Link variability patterns to theoretical concepts and place them within a wider cross-linguistic context.

Indicative Assessment

2 Exams (in-class, 50 min each) 20% each = 40% [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
Research project (Total of 1-4: 50%) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
      1. written abstract, 500 words, 10% [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
      2. presentation to class, 10 min, 10% [LO 1,2,4,5]
      3. written project report, 2000 words, 20% [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
      4. final presentation to class 10 min, 10% [LO 1,2,4,5]
Participation in the weekly linguistic Forum (written and oral), 10% [LO 1,2,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 3 hours of class per week
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed SPAN6504 or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. Incompatible with SPAN2604.

Prescribed Texts

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

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of SPAN6504 or equivalent level of language competency as demonstrated by placement test.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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