- Code LANG3004
- 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 European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
- Academic career UGRD
- 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, 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;
- conduct and present research in Spanish.
Indicative AssessmentResponses to questions based on tutorial reading, presented weekly in Spanish as part of the tutorial (20%) [LO 1, 2, 5]
2 x 50-min in-class tests (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
1,000-word essay, in Spanish (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
10-minute oral presentation, in Spanish (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
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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
A set of weekly readings will be made available on Wattle, drawn from (among others):
Lipski, John M. 2006. El Español de América. Madrid: Catédra.
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, Ralph2005. Gramática histórica del español (2 ed.). Barcelona: Ariel.
Silva-Corvalán, Carmen. 2001. Sociolingüística y pragmática del español (Georgetown Studies in Spanish Linguistics). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
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