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

Undergraduate Course: Hispanic Linguistics (ELCH10065)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting 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 about 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 theoretical 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 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 an oral presentation and a final exam.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry into Spanish Honours required.
Additional Costs Textbooks
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  13
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 15 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is completely taught and assessed in Spanish.

Formative assessment: class discussions and activities about new concepts, theories and readings.

Summative assessment: 2 written assignments: 10% Oral presentation (documentary): 20% Final exam: 70%
Feedback Mid-term individual report: 15 minutes interview with each student during office hours. Feedback report after marking every assignment and general feedback provided in class.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental questions that drive modern linguistic research concerning formal structure, acquisition, historical change, variation, and social dimensions of the Spanish language.
  2. Appraise a variety of source materials in the core areas of Hispanic linguistic theory, through the comprehension and analysis of Spanish in a wide range of linguistic contexts and discursive modes.
  3. Produce clear, complex reports, articles and essays, which develop arguments both critically and systematically with the use of relevant emphases, subsidiary points, and examples.
  4. Demonstrate finely honed communication, presentation and interaction skills across a wide range of media and circumstances, both formal and informal, for lay and specialised audiences.
  5. Consistently exercise autonomy and initiative, taking significant responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources to bring about new thinking.
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, A (2015). Lingüística. 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.

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 - Communication, ICT and numeracy skills - Autonomy, accountability and working with others
KeywordsSpanish,Linguistics,Language,Hispanic Studies,Applied Linguistics
Course organiserDr Carlos Soler Montes
Tel: (0131 6)50 8969
Course secretaryMiss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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