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SPAN 684: Spanish Dialectology and Variation

TuTh 11:00-12:15, Dey 301, Dr. Lamar Graham

Spanish is a world language that, due to its wide geographical footprint, has developed many subdialects that incorporate features of the other languages with which it has come into contact. These variations make it possible to identify a speaker based on the words s/he uses or the manner in which s/he produces sounds. In this course we will examine the reasons behind Spanish dialectal development largely with regard to the other languages that have influenced it. We will consider influence from European
languages (e.g., French, Portuguese, English) as much as non-European languages (e.g., African and Amerindian languages).

Prerequisite: SPAN 360 or 376, graduate standing, or permission of the instructor.