Spanish 163: Sociolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Spanish Bilingualism

TuTh 11-12:30, B1 Hearst Field Annex | Instructor: Davidson | CCN: 23298

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Span 25 and Span 100
This course fulfills the Option D requirement on language variation.

Taught in Spanish, this course serves to further familiarize students with formal approaches to bilingualism. The course centers on Spanish-speaking communities in order to critically examine several facets of bilingual individuals and societies. Topics covered from a societal-level sociolinguistic standpoint include global language diversity, linguistic vitality, language death, pidgin and creole languages, linguistic identity and ideologies, bilingual education, and government-level language planning. Topics covered from an individual-level psycholinguistic standpoint include language processing, localization in the brain, transfer effects, acquisition and attrition, impairments, and communicative practices (code-switching, for example).