Spanish Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics

HISP-S429 - Prof. Diaz-Campos — spring 2023

Manuel Díaz-Campos
BH 134
Days and Times
TR 1:15P-2:30P
Course Description

Variable Title:  Pragmatics: Language use in context           
Prerequisite:  HISP-S 326 or Consent of the Department

This undergraduate course introduces the basic concepts in sociolinguistics. Sociolinguistics focuses on the symbolic value of language as an expression of group identity based on region, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, age, or other ways of defining group affiliation. Notions such as speech community, sociolinguistic variable, phonological and syntactic variation, and field methods, will be included. The course also surveys other related topics such as language in contact, bilingualism and Spanish in the U.S., Spanish as heritage language, language attitudes and language identity particularly in the U.S., language and the law, language and age, and language and gender. We will focus on research examining the use of Spanish in Latin America and Spain as well as in the U.S. Class time will be divided in lectures, discussion, and analysis of problem solving cases. The evaluation will be based on participation, homework activities, experimental activities, and exams.


After successful completion of this course, the student will:

  1. be familiar with the basic concepts of sociolinguistics studies;
  2. be able to recognize linguistic variation at different levels, including the individual,            societal, regional, and national, as well as across time;
  3. apply the basic concepts of sociolinguistic to understand research materials to be read in future linguistics courses;
  4. be able to work with data, code and use statistical analysis;
  5. acquire an ability to identify and evaluate the ways in which diversity of Hispanic communities in the United States contributes to the cultural richness of the U.S.
  6. have learned about linguistic diversity in the United States and in bilingual/multilingual communities;
  7. have the capacity to describe, distinguish, and analyze a range of values, attitudes and methods of organizing cultural and social experiences so as to understand the possibilities and limitations of their own world view and the place of minority and majority communities in the U.S.
  8. be prepared to design a small research project in sociolinguistics; this project will facilitate using vocabulary and topics, narratives and other discursive resources to identify and productively engage in the analysis of the problems and possibilities that language diversity poses for the United States in the contemporary world.
  9. be familiar with some political and social issues related to language use in the U.S. This would provide an understanding of how cultural practices including language and artifacts represent the communities that produced them and how they serve to create, refine, and blend cultures

HISP-S 429    #5685   1:15P-2:30P    TR     BH 134      Prof. Mauel Díaz-Campos  

Above class meets with HISP-S 498, Readings for Honors
Above class meets In Person. For more information visit
COLL (CASE) N&M Breadth of Inquiry credit
HISP-S 429  is by permission only.  All students must indicate interest in this course through this online form, whether they intend to travel or not.

Students who take HISP-S 429 in spring 2023 have the option to enroll in 2 credits for HISP-X 395  #31438  Global Experience in Spanish & Portuguese - Travel to Murcia Spain May 8, 2023 - May19, 2023.

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