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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: Hispanic Linguistics (Ordinary) (ELCH09022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course engages with different fields of Spanish linguistics, both theoretical and applied. The goal of this course is to provide students with a level of knowledge that enables them to make connections between the structure of Spanish and relevant issues in contemporary Hispanic linguistics.
Course description This course offers a general introduction to the field of Hispanic Linguistics. In this course, students will reflect on the nature of human languages, what they are composed of and how they are used, focusing on the case of Spanish language. The course engages with different concepts and perspectives of linguistic analysis such as: prescriptive and descriptive linguistics, grammaticality judgments or linguistic prejudice. Students will also be provided with theorical and applied groundings in topics related to the history of Spanish and an overview of some notions of language use in the Spanish-speaking societies, including social, geographical, political, ethnic or cultural aspects.

This is a seminar-based course course that will provide a dossier of primary source texts, accompanied by recommended theoretical texts and secondary readings. Each week, a short presentation will be provided, followed by workshop-based discussions of the course readings and group activities for practicing linguistic analysis. Students' learning and understanding will be tested through written assignments, an oral presentation and a take-home exam.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements The course is completely taught and assessed in Spanish. A C1 Level of Spanish is required.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThe course is completely taught and assessed in Spanish. A C1 Level of Spanish is required.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  5
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment:

Written assignment 1: 10%
Written assignment 2: 10%
Oral presentation (documentary): 10%
Take-home exam: 70%

Formative Assessment: Mid-term individual report
Feedback Mid-term individual report: 15 minutes interview with each student
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and critical understanding of the scope, defining features, and main areas of the fundamental questions that drive modern linguistic research, and an integrated knowledge of its main areas and boundaries concerning formal structure, acquisition, historical change, variation, and social dimensions of the Spanish language and the Spanish-speaking world.
  2. Appraise and evaluate source materials in the core areas of Hispanic linguistic theory, through the comprehension and analysis of Spanish in a range of principal linguistic contexts and discursive modes.
  3. Produce clear, complex reports and essays, which develop arguments both critically and systematically with the use of relevant emphases, subsidiary points, and examples.
  4. Demonstrate well-honed communication, presentation and interaction skills across a wide range of media and circumstances.
  5. Exercise autonomy and initiative and work responsibly with others, seaking guidance where appropriate from specialist practitioners.
Reading List

MUÑOZ-BASOLS, J., N. MORENO, I. TABOADA y M. LACORTE (2017). Introducción a la lingüística hispánica actual: teoría y práctica. London: Routledge.

De VALDÉS, Juan (1535). Diálogo de la lengua. Edición crítica de Cristina Barbolani (2009). Madrid: Cátedra.

MORENO FERNÁNDEZ, F. (2015). La maravillosa historia del español. Barcelona: Espasa.

MORENO FERNÁNDEZ, F. (director) (2010). Catálogo de voces hispánicas. Madrid: Instituto Cervantes. On-line: «»

Recommended references:

ALONSO CORTÉS, Ángel (2015). Lingüística. 3ª edición. Madrid: Cátedra.

ALVAR, Manuel (director) (1960). Enciclopedia lingüística hispánica. Madrid: Consejo de Investigaciones Científicas.

ALVAR, Manuel (director) (2001). Introducción a la lingüística española. Barcelona: Ariel.

ARONOFF, M. and REES-MILLER, J. (2001). The handbook of linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell.

BROWN, E. K. and MILLER, J. E. (2013). The Cambridge dictionary of linguistics. Cambridge: University Press.

COSERIU, Eugenio. (1962). Teoría del lenguaje y lingu¿i¿stica general : cinco estudios. Madrid: Gredos.

DÍAZ-CAMPOS, Manuel (2011). Handbook of Hispanic Sociolinguistics. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

HUALDE, José Ignacio, Antxon OLARREA y Anna María ESCOBAR (2001). Introducción a la lingüística hispánica. Cambridge: University Press.

MORENO CABRERA, Juan Carlos (2013). Cuestiones clave de la lingüística. Madrid: Síntesis.

POOLE, S. (1999). An Introduction to Linguistics. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Knowledge and understanding
- Practice: applied knowledge and understanding
- Generic cognitive skills
- Communications, ICT and numeracy skills
- Autonomy, accountability and working with others
KeywordsHispanic,Linguistics,Spanish,Language,Hispanic Studies,Philology
Course organiserDr Carlos Soler Montes
Tel: (0131 6)50 8969
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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