Fall  2013                         Spanish 201A: General Spanish Linguistics


(Course Call #88813)


Wednesdays, 5:30-8:20, Mariposa Hall 2005   


Dr. Edward Baranowski

Office: 2039 Mariposa Hall

Phone: 916-278-6336

Office Hours: Mondays, 2:00-3:30 and Thursdays, 3:00-4:30, or by appointment for other times.

E-mail: ebaranowski@csus.edu

Faculty Webpage: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/b/baranowski/

Department of Foreign Language Webpage: http://www.csus.edu/fl/


Course text and website


Fonética y fonología españolas. (4th edition) Armin Schwegler, Juergen Kempff, and Ana Ameal-Guerra. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: New York. 2010.


Book Companion Website: http://www.wiley.com/schwegler  (Click on where it says “Go to the Student Companion Site”.)


Catalog description


SPAN201A. General Spanish Linguistics. Depending upon the interest of the group, one topic of Spanish Linguistics will be chosen. The emphasis may be Comparative, Popular Spanish divergences, or Psycho- or Sociolinguistics, especially the development of Mexican-American Spanish and the learning problems of bilinguals. Prerequisites: LING 130, SPAN 102, SPAN 103; or equivalent. 3 units.


Course description and objectives


This course is an extensive analysis of Spanish phonetics and phonology and our topic for the semester will be Spanish dialectology. We will begin with a basic description of the stress accent and the articulation of Spanish vowels before moving on to other concepts such as the syllable, diphthongs, tripthongs, glides, and the phoneme. Students will have mastered the art of phonetic and phonological transcription when in the second half of the course we address the issue of sociolinguistic and geographical dialect variation in the Spanish-speaking world.


Method of instruction


This course is conducted entirely in Spanish using the following elements and techniques:



Course components



Oral presentation


Students will be expected to give a 25-30 minute oral presentation in class on the Spanish spoken in a specific country or region. (Native speakers will not be allowed to present their own country). They will be given a list of countries and regions at the beginning of the semester and must do their presentation on the date selected by the instructor. The presentations will focus on phonology and dialectal nuances, but will also cover sociolinguistics, morphosyntax and the lexicon as well as general information about the country or region in question, dialect maps, and indigenous substrate influences. Students should begin preliminary work on their presentations as soon as possible.




Written and oral exercises for each chapter (as well as answers to them) can be found in the form of pdf or zip files on the publisher’s website (www.wiley.com/college/schwegler). You must register to enter the website by using the code enclosed in your text. Practice exams can also be found on the website.




The grading scale for exams, the presentation, and participation is as follows:


100-93 = A

82-80= B-

69-67= D+

92-90= A-

79-77= C+

66-63= D

89-87= B+

76-73= C

62-60= D-

86-83= B

72-70= C-

59 and below = F


Attendance and participation/General policies:


Regular class attendance and active student participation are essential for this course. Students may miss no more ONE class day without affecting their grade. The course will be conducted in Spanish and it is expected that students will use Spanish at all times. Both native and non-native speakers will be called upon routinely to give their own feedback concerning their own experiences with the Spanish language and things they have heard.


No electronic devices of any sort may be turned at any time during class, including cell phones, pagers, Ipods, and especially laptops, which are a tremendous distraction to the rest of the class.


Students with disabilities


If you have a documented disability and verification from the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities (SSWD), and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact your instructor as soon as possible. It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation of disability to SSWD and meet with a SSWD counselor to request special accommodation before classes meet.


SSWD is located in Lassen Hall 1008 and can be contacted by phone at (916) 278-6955 (Voice) or (916) 278-7239 (TDD only) or via e-mail at sswd@csus.edu.



Commitment to integrity


As a student in this course and at this university, you are expected to maintain high degrees of professionalism, commitment to active learning and participation in this class, and also in your integrity in your behavior in and out of the classroom. Sacramento State’s policies and procedures on academic honesty are as follows:


“The principles of truth and honesty are recognized as fundamental to a community of scholars and teachers. California State University, Sacramento, expects that both faculty and students will honor these principles, and in so doing, will protect the integrity of academic work and student grades.”


For more, go to:  http://www.csus.edu/umanual/AcademicHonestyPolicyandProcedures.htm




¡OJO! Es necesario leer los capítulos indicados ANTES de asistir a clase ese día


Semana 1 (4 de septiembre): Introducción. Biblioteca y recursos (LIB 2023).


Semana 2 (11 de septiembre): Capítulo 1. Fonética y fonología: nociones básicas e introducción     al texto. Capítulo 2. Fonética articulatoria: las vocales. (Leer también el Capítulo 17: El            sistema             vocálico del inglés.)


Semana 3 (18 de septiembre): Capítulo 3. La sílaba—Los diptongos—El hiato. Capítulo 4. Las       consonantes [j] y [w]. Diptongos y semivocales: repaso y más detalles.


Semana 4 (25 de septiembre): Capítulo 5. La sílaba—Las vocales—El ritmo. Capítulo 6.     Vocales  en contacto. Más sobre la schwa. Repaso de algunos puntos importantes.


Semana 5 (2 de octubre): Capítulo 7. Fonética articulatoria: las consonantes.


Semana 6 (9 de octubre): Capítulo 8. La transcripción fonética. Capítulo 9. Fonemas y       alófonos: fonología y fonética.


Semana 7 (16 de octubre): Capítulo 10. Los fonemas oclusivos /p t k/. Capítulo 11. Las      consonantes nasales. Capítulo 12. Las obstruyentes sonoras: /b d g/ -- /j/.


Semana 8 (23 de octubre): Capítulo 13. Las vibrantes: /r/ simple y /r̄/ múltiple. Capítulo 14. La       consonante lateral /l/. Capítulo 15. Los fonemas fricativos /f s x/.


Semana 9 (30 de octubre): Examen parcial.


Semana 10 (6 de noviembre): Capítulo 16. La entonación. Capítulo 17. El sistema vocálico del      inglés.


Semana 11 (13 de noviembre): Capítulo 18. El español ayer y hoy. Capítulo 19. El español            peninsular.


Semana 12 (20 de noviembre): Capítulo 20. El español americano: variación dialectal y      sociolingüística.


Semana 13 (27 de noviembre): Capítulo 20. (cont.) El español americano: variación dialectal y       sociolingüística.


Semana 14 (4 de diciembre): Capítulo 20 (cont.) El español americano: variación dialectal y           sociolingüística.


Semana 15 (11 de diciembre): Capítulo 21. El español en los Estados Unidos.


Nota: Hay que leer los capítulos antes del día indicado, es decir, la materia se tratará ese día en clase.


Examen final: Miércoles, el 18 de diciembre, de 5:15 a 7:15 de la tarde.