Spanish Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics

HISP-S429 - Prof. Félix-Brasdefer — spring 2020

Instructor
J. César Félix-Brasdefer
Location
WY 125
Days and Times
MW 9:30A-10:45A
Course Description

Variable Title:  Pragmatics:  Language in Context                                            
Prerequisite:  HISP-S 326 or equivalent

 The objective of this course is to examine language use in context (pragmatics) and sociolinguistic variation in different varieties of Spanish. The first part of the course covers the foundational concepts of pragmatics: meaning, context, speech acts, reference, politeness/impoliteness, and discourse analysis. This course will look at grammatical concepts (conditional, subjunctive, negation, preterit/imperfect, word order, etc.) from a pragmatic perspective using data from native and non-native speakers. The second part of the course applies these notions to pragmatic and sociolinguistic variation by examining the effect of social factors (e.g. region, age, social class) on communicative language use. We will analyze data in Spanish from different sources such as colloquial conversation, institutional discourse, and controlled settings using oral and written questionnaires. Finally, students will learn the principles for writing a research paper.

This course carries CASE N & M credit.

 HISP-S 429   #7112     9:30A-10:45A   MW     WY 125      Prof. César Félix-Brasdefer

Note: The above class meets with HISP-S 498 Readings for Honors, #7166.

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