Spanish 165: Spanish in the U.S. and in Contact with Other Languages

TuTh 5-6:30P, Dwinelle 179 | Instructor: Davidson | CCN: 32212

Units: 4

Prerequisites: Span 100 – Linguistics Majors can petition to waive this

Taught in Spanish, this course serves to further familiarize students with the field of Contact Linguistics (Language Contact). The course centers on the linguistic outcomes of Spanish varieties spoken by multilingual communities with the goal of preparing students to critically examine traditional prescriptive accounts of contact varieties and U.S. Spanish in particular. Emphasis will be placed on the empirical assessment of contact influence for Spanish linguistic innovations and code-switching. Descriptive characterizations of several Spanish contact varieties will be explored alongside those available for Spanish creole languages in order to provide opportunities for comparative analysis.