SJ2A013 Varieties of Spanish

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/4. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. Mgr. Ivo Buzek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Ivo Buzek, Ph.D.
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Milada Malá, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to offer an introduction to dialectology and linguistic geography as disciplines exeplifying their general postupates on examples of geographic varieties of the contemporary Spanish language. Special attention will be paid on the fact that dialectology is mainly diachronic discipline and that geographical spread and stratification of varieties of Spanish have their specific historical and social background. At the end of the course students will be able to interpret geographical variation of Spanish from various internal as well external points of view.
Learning outcomes
Students get learns basic linguistic characteristics of varieties of Spanish and learns how to deal with language attitudes towards geographic and social variation of Spanish.
  • 1. Introduction to linguistic diversity of Spanish: internal and external factors
  • 2. Areas of Spanish in Europe: a. Castilian Spanish
  • b. Andalusian varieties of Spanish
  • c. Spanish in Canary Islands
  • 3. Areas of Spanish in America
  • a. General introduction to Spanish in America
  • b. Caribbean Spanish
  • c. Mexican Spanish and Central American Spanish
  • d. Andean Spanish
  • e. Spanish in the Rio de la Plata region
  • f. Chilean Spanish
  • g. Spanish in the USA
  • 4. Spanish in Africa and Asia
    required literature
  • LÓPEZ MORALES, Humberto. La andadura del español por el mundo. Madrid: Taurus, 2010. 464 s. ISBN 9788430608041. info
  • MORENO FERNÁNDEZ, Francisco. La lengua española en su geografía. Madrid: Arco/Libros, 2009. 506 s. ISBN 9788476357835. info
    recommended literature
  • MORENO FERNÁNDEZ, Francisco. Historia social de las lenguas de España. 1a ed. Barcelona: Ariel, 2005. 287 s. ISBN 8434482630. info
  • LÓPEZ MORALES, Humberto. La aventura del español en América. Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid: Espasa, 2005. 279 s. ISBN 8467019921. info
  • PENNY, Ralph J. Variación y cambio en español. Edited by Juan Sánchez Méndez. Madrid: Gredos, 2004. 391 s. ISBN 8424927303. info
Teaching methods
Lecture and seminar:
a. Definitions of basic notions from dialectlogy and linguistic geography of Spanish, with real examples (texts, videos, recordings)
b. Basic characteristics of different varieties of Spanish with real examples
Compulsory reading tasks with questions
Assessment methods
Evaluation of answers on questions formulated in compulsory reading tasks.
Participation in class.
Written test (exam) in the end.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
General note: V plánu kombinovaného studia je kontaktní výuka 14 hodin za semestr (6 hodin přednášky a semináře, 8 hodin konzultace).
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: kombinovaná forma: 14 hodin/semestr.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022.
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