Varieties of Spanish - PRIMERA PARTE (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Dunia Hourani Martin
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to
- know the basic concepts necessary to define a language, variety or dialect
- have a general vision of Hispanic dialectal complexity and the internal variation of Spanish, placing emphasis on their current situation
- manage the methodological principles of dialectology that allow the student to distinguish and recognize the most relevant characteristics of the varieties of Spanish
- describe synchronically the dialectal varieties of Spanish from their complete linguistic characterization (phonological, morphosyntactic and lexical-semantic), as well as the keys of this variation
- analyze any written and oral document and know how to locate it in the corresponding geographical area, taking into account also the application to the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language
- work autonomously in the analysis of texts, dominating the basic bibliography and using the main historical, etymological and dialectal dictionaries, taking into account also the application to the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language


In addition to the theoretical contents taught during the class, the practical analysis of written and oral documents will be carried out, allowing the student to understand and apply the theoretical concepts taught in class and the lexicographical work with dictionaries and other online resources. To this will be added the critical reading of certain key texts.
For this, each class will have a theoretical part and a practical part. In the practical part, oral or written texts will be analyzed and the obligatory readings will be commented.

The bibliography will be indicated at the beginning of the course.

The course will be held in Spanish.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
María Vaquero de Ramírez El español de América II. Morfosintaxis y Léxico Arco Libros 1998
Francisco Moreno Fernández Las variedades de la lengua española y su enseñanza Arco Libros 2010 Capítulos: 1, 2, 3, 4 y 6
Alvar, M. (dir.) Manual de dialectología hispánica. El español de América Ariel 1996 Bloques: Antillas y Continente. [Lectura obligatoria para aquellos estudiantes que no opten por la evaluación continua]
Alvar, M. (dir.) Manual de dialectología hispánica. El español de España Ariel 1996 Bloque: Hablas y dialectos de España. Apartados: Castilla la Vieja, Castilla la Nueva, Andaluz y Canario.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of a test on theoretical and practical questions related to the course program, the bibliography and the didactic materials. Both the formulation of the questions and the answers will be made in writing and in Spanish. The test will consist of two parts:
Theoretical part: general theoretical considerations
Practical part: analysis of a text with the objective of identifying the variety and indicating the linguistic features (phonetic, morphological, semantic and syntactic) that characterize the text in question.
The grade will be determined by calculating the average between the score obtained in the linguistic competence (C2) and that obtained in the test of the subject. The results will be communicated through a notice published on the corresponding website ("Avvisi"). For students who do not attend class, the program and the form of evaluation are the same.

Level 5 (ALTE), C2 (Council of Europe).
Assessment of linguistic competence will be on the grounds of certificates issued by the CLA (the University Linguistic Centre) or by other accredited institutions (see “Students’ Manual”, p. 25). Linguistic competence is propaedeutic.

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