The student can choose between Hispanic Sociolinguistics and Geographical Varieties of Spanish.
It is compulsory to do one of these two courses.
Master’s Programme in Languages
Advanced Studies in Spanish Philology (nuclear/core studies)
For students of Spanish Philology.
If the student of Spanish Philology does not complete this course in Advanced Studies as part of the nuclear subjects, s/he can complete it as an optional course of Advanced Studies within the thematic unit Hispanic Sociolinguistics.
The course could be offered to other students.
If it is opened to other students than those of Spanish Philology, they must have a good level of Spanish.
Other courses recommended:
-Geographical Varieties of Spanish
Other courses that support the further development of the competence provided by this are those offered in the thematic group with the title “Hispanic Sociolinguistics”: Catalan, Basque or Galician Sociolinguistics; Spanish in Contact; Language Politics in the Hispanic World.
After completing this course, the student will be able to:
-analyze linguistic and social variation within the Hispanic world;
-understand, think critically and value the complexity of linguistic and cultural relations within Hispanic monolingual and bilingual communities;
-contrast and evaluate several topical issues (sex and gender aspects, language minorities, etc.) with scientific criteria;
-be more flexible in her/his attitude towards different languages, dialects, sociolects.
It is recommended after or at the same time as:
Variation and Change in Spanish (for students of Spanish Philology).
The course lasts two periods (14 lessons x 2 h).
If the course is not offered every year, it will alternate with Geographical Varieties of Spanish.
The course will deals with aspects related to:
1. Sociolinguistics: origin, fundamental concepts and related disciplines (language, variation and dialects; Sociology of the Language; Ethnography and Ethnolinguistics; Dialects and Dialectoloty).
2. The study of the variation. Linguistic variation (phonetic, morphological, syntactic, lexical, etc.) and social variables (age, gender, socio-cultural factors, ethnicity, origin, social networks).
3. Communicative interaction. Ethnography of the communication and Interactional Sociolinguistics. Linguistic attitudes.
4. Bilingualism, languages in contact and mixed languages in the Hispanic world.
5. Applied Sociolinguistics: Language and Education; Language Diversity and Social Justice, etc.
The list of required literature will be provided later with the programme of the course.
Blas Arroyo, José Luis (2008): Sociolingüística del español: Desarrollos y perspectivas en el estudio de la lengua española en su contexto social, 2.ª ed., Madrid: Cátedra. [a selection of pages]
Moreno Fernández, Francisco (2009): Principios de sociolingüística y sociología del lenguaje, 4.ª ed., Barcelona: Ariel.
López Morales, Humberto (2004): Sociolingüística, 3.ª ed. Madrid: Gredos.
Silva-Corvalán, Carmen (1989): Sociolingüística. Teoría y análisis, Madrid: Alhambra.
Silva-Corvalán, Carmen (2001): Sociolingüística y pragmática del español. Washington: Georgetown University Press.
-Conferences given by the teacher about the essential theoretical aspects.
-Individual and group activities aimed at the application of the theoretical knowledge.
Contact teaching modality:
- Class attendance and participation
- Execution of the activities asked during the course- Individual work and/or exam
Distance learning course modality:
-written exam: 100%
General grading scale from 0 to 5.
The course is offered in the form of contact teaching and distance learning course:
Compulsory attendance is required + final exam and/or final work
-distance learning course: final exam