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SPAN 6605 Social history of the Spanish Language: from its Latin roots to Contemporary Spanish (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course introduces students to the linguistic development of the Spanish language from its Latin roots to Contemporary Spanish. The focus of study will be on the sociocultural, historical and literary influences that have affected the evolution of the Spanish language around the world. The course will describe both the internal (linguistic) factors and external (social, economic and political) factors that have impacted language changes. Special emphasis will be also given to the status of Spanish today. It will critically analyze its presence in all four continents, its impact on U.S. society, current and emerging language policies and ideologies, and the role of the Language Academies and the Association of Spanish Language Academies in its standardization and international diffusion. In addition to analyzing the presence of Spanish in the U.S., Guinea Equatorial and the Philippines, students will also learn about the history of Judeo Spanish and its status in the world today.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Esther Gimeno Ugalde

Prerequisites: Open to undergraduate students who have already taken Contextos (SPAN3395).

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Comments: This course is designed for graduate students (SPAN9905) who are especially interested in Linguistics, as well as for undergraduate students who are majoring or minoring in Hispanic Studies and have an excellent command of the Spanish language (SPAN6605). Open to undergraduate students who have already taken Contextos (SPAN3395). Counts as an elective of Hispanic Studies major or minor.


Last Updated: 31-Mar-16