Spanish Linguistics: Sociolinguistics and Syntax

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

Course Objective

In this course students learn about the variation in Hispanic
(socio)linguistics and they further develop their knowledge on the
structure of words (morphology) and sentences (syntax) in Spanish. The
specific learning objectives are:
1. To know the broad geographical differences that exist inside Spain
and between the Spanish norm and the varieties of Spanish spoken in
2. To know the main characteristics of sociolinguistic variation within
3. To acquire detailed knowledge of the structure of words and sentences
through the study of relevant topics form these areas, such as the
structure of compounds and the relation between information structure
and word order in Spanish.

Course Content

This course will focus on two pervasive aspects of language: variation
and structure. The first part of the course will address the most common
types of variation and their (possible) interaction: geographic and
social. The second part of the course will concentrate on structure, at
the word-level by studying the formation of compounds, on the syntax
level by studying the systematic relation between information structure
and word order.

Teaching Methods

The classes last three hours and are given 2 times per week. Each time
take-home assignments will be given by the teacher, which will be
discussed in the next class.

Method of Assessment

Final exam.

Entry Requirements

Students must have followed the second-year courses of their
specialisation (BA CIW: Spaans en internationale communicatie).


The relevant literature will depend upon the selection of topics that
will be studied in the course and will be announced through Canvas
before the beginning of the class or distributed in the classroom.

Target Audience

Third-year students following the specialisation BA CIW: Spaans en
internationale communicatie.

Additional Information

This course is obligatory in the third year programme Spanish and
International Communication. Attendance is compulsory. Students are
required to take an active part in the classes and physical presence in
class is required. More than one absence will lead to an extra task as
part of the final exam. More than two absences will imply exclusion form
the exam.

General Information

Course Code L_HABACIW301
Credits 3 EC
Period P4
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition Dutch
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. P.H.F. Bos
Examiner dr. P.H.F. Bos
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration

Teaching Methods Seminar
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