Prerequisites: Span 100 – Linguistics Majors can petition to waive this
Taught in Spanish, this course serves to further familiarize students with the fields of Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistics. The course centers on the empirical study of linguistic variation that characterizes and is inherent to all human languages, as well as the dynamics of language use that give rise to distinct dialects and language change. Course readings include case studies in Sociolinguistics and Language Variation and Change, and constitute the basis for practical instruction in empirical methodologies for sociolinguistics and dialectology research. Students will be encouraged to critically examine traditional prescriptive approaches to Spanish Dialectology.