Structure of the Spanish Language

This course is offered in Dutch. Some of the descriptions may therefore only be available in Dutch.

Course Objective

In this course students learn the basic characteristics of the formal
structure of Spanish. The specific learning objectives are:
1. To distinguish between prescriptive grammar and descriptive grammar,
and between geographical and social varieties of Spanish and standard
2. To describe the speech sounds of Spanish articulatorily and
3. To make generalizations about the phonological distribution of sounds
in Spanish by making use of concepts such as contrast, neutralization,
natural classes and by identifying (morpho)phonological processes.
4. To use tree diagrams to analyze syntactically basic sentences in
Spanish being aware of the distinction between semantic roles and
syntactic functions of constituents.
5. To understand the argumental structure of passives and 'se-'
constructions in Spanish.

Course Content

This course is an introduction to Hispanic formal linguistics as a
scientific discipline. It focuses on the description of Spanish speech
sounds and the analysis of the basic sound patterns found in this
language, as well as on the basic sentence structure of Spanish paying
special attention to the verb phrase, clitics and passive and 'se-'

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars (12 hours a week).

Method of Assessment

Final written exam.

Entry Requirements

Students must have followed Introduction to Linguistics (L_ATBACIW107).


Bosque, Ignacio and Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach. 2009. Fundamentos de
sintaxis formal. Madrid: Akal.
Hualde, José Ignacio. 2005. The sounds of Spanish. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press.
Hualde, José Ignacio, Antxon Olarrea and Erin O’Rourke (eds.). 2012. The
handbook of Hispanic linguistics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Zagona, Karen. 2002. The syntax of Spanish. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press.

Target Audience

Students following the BA-specialization CIW:Taal en Organisaties (with

Additional Information

Mandatory attendance. It the student misses one class, s/he has to do an
extra assignment. If more than one class is missed, the student has to
leave the course. This course is a prerequisite for the third year
courses within the specialization Spanish and International

General Information

Course Code L_HABACIW203
Credits 6 EC
Period P6
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition Dutch
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator R.A.M. van den Heerik MA
Examiner R.A.M. van den Heerik MA
Teaching Staff R.A.M. van den Heerik MA

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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