Spanish 24: Freshman Seminar: Talking Funny

W 10-11A, 5125 Dwinelle | Instructor: Azevedo | CCN: 23273

Units: 1

Whereas most fiction —novels, short stories, plays— is written in standard language, for centuries authors have used literary dialect, that is, nonstandard variants of spelling, syntax, and vocabulary, to represent colloquial and regional speech, foreigner talk, mixed languages, or nonsense. Classical works  include Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, or Juan Marsé’s El amante bilingüe, among many others.  In this seminar we will discuss ways in which such apparent liberties with the language enable the text to capture aspects of the spoken language —regional or social dialects, accents, and other features, and then we will use these discussions as a point of departure to talk about the impact of language variation in daily life.