Topics in Spanish Syntax

HISP-S611 — Spring 2022

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Patrícia Amaral
GA 1112
Days and Times
MW 1:15P-2:30P
Course Description

VT:  Syntactic & Semantic Change in Spanish I                    

This course is a graduate-level introduction to syntactic and semantic change in Spanish. In the first half of the course we will review current perspectives on the study of syntactic and semantic change. We will consider theoretical questions like the following: how can we model transition between stages of a language? How does language change inform our models of grammar and vice-versa? Which types of morpho-syntactic units do native speakers acquire and store? What is the role of reanalysis and analogy in language change? How can current methods to study variation provide insight into diachronic research? In the second half we will discuss case studies of syntactic and semantic change in Spanish. In this part of the course students will have the opportunity to compare and evaluate the merits and shortcomings of different approaches to morpho-syntactic and semantic change while learning about the history of Spanish. We will focus on classic topics in the history of this language, e.g. the origin of differential object marking, the development of verbal periphrases, the loss and creation of indefinite pronouns, and the formation of adversative and concessive connectives. Assignments include the critical presentation of an article in class, a book review, and a final research paper. 

Course Prerequisites: S511 (or equivalent) is required. Some experience with semantics and/or historical linguistics will be helpful but is not required. 

HISP-S 611      #31856     1:15P-2:30P      MW           GA 1112          Prof. Patricia Amaral

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