Minor Structure of the Spanish Language

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

Course Objective

Students will learn the basics of phonology as a scientific discipline
by describing the Spanish language. They will be able to tell the
difference between phonetics and phonology, identify contrastive
distributions on the basis of minimal pairs, identify phonological
classes, make descriptive generalizations of sound patterns and convert
them into rule notations, and draw syllable structures for any Spanish
word. The students will be familiar with concepts such as phoneme,
allophone, complementary distribution, contrastive distribution, minimal
pair, conditioning environment, mental/underlying representation and
physical/surface realization.

Course Content

This course is an introduction to some major phonological
characteristics of the Spanish language. It focuses on the description
of Spanish speech sounds and the basic sound patterns found in this

Teaching Methods

Seminars (4 hrs a week)

Method of Assessment

There is one final written exam.


Hualde, José I. 2005. The sounds of Spanish. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge
University Press.

Target Audience

Students in the Minor Spanish

Additional Information

Mandatory attendance. If 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.

General Information

Course Code L_HABASPA108
Credits 3 EC
Period P1
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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