Acquisition of Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Acquisition of Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics, Modern Languages, Phonetics and Phonology, Spanish

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    OBJECTIVES
    The aim of this Course is to offer the student an overall grasp of how Spanish is structured at an
    expressional level, while studying, from a synchronically present-day perspective, both its substance
    (Phonetics) and its form or representation (Phonology). In order to reach the proposed objective,
    Standard Spanish will be used as a point of departure while, when necessary, on a contrastive basis,
    account will be taken of social and dialectal variants, together with other languages, especially English.
    In methodological terms, articulatory as well as acoustic criteria will be used in the definition of sounds
    and phonemes. The exploration of the phonological component of the language will largely be based on
    the theory of binary features developed by R. Jakobson and M. Halle.

    SYLLABUS
    1. The Architecture of Language and its Double Articulation: Expression and Content.
    2. Acoustic Phonetics. The Acoustic Components of the Sounds of Language: Parameters of
    Acoustics and Formant Structures.
    3. Articulatory Phonetics: The Analysis of the Articulation of Sounds in Language. The Range of
    Descriptive Systems. Phonetic Transcription.
    4. The Phonetic System of Spanish.. Acoustic / Articulatory Values. Homogeneity and Compatibility.
    Pairs of Contrastive Values. Relevant and Connected Values.
    5. Spanish Phonology. Values of Relevance. Phoneme and Allophone. The System of Contrasts.
    Intrinsic Content in Terms and Markedness Differentials in Variation. Types of Variation:
    Privative, Equipollent, and Disjunctive. The Relation between Proportionality and Homogeneity.
    The System of Correlations. The Study of the Vowel and Consonant Systems of Spanish. The
    Phonetic Diasystems of Spanish..
    6. The Structure of the Syllable in Spanish. Syllabic Classes.
    7. Suprasegmental Phonetics and Phonology.
    8. A Brief Diachronic Survey of the Phonetics and Phonology of Spanish.

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