SJIIB969 Spanish in the USA

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Ivo Buzek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. José Luis Bellón Aguilera, PhD.
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
Tue 14:00–15:40 N43
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 6/20, only registered: 1/20
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to offer a complex introduction into Spanish language in the USA. After a short historic bakground the main attention will paid to:
1. Characteristics of the genuine USA Spanish, as it has developed till today
2. Current situation in the area of imported Latin American Spanish varieties and chief characteristics of their interaction with the majority English language.
At the end of the course studenst should be able to identify and interpret correspondingly various phonetic-phonological, morphosyntactic and lexical-semantic aspects of current forms of Spanish present today in the USA.
  • 1. History and geography of the patrimonial USA Spanish
  • 2. Characteristics of the patrimonial USA Spanish
  • ç 3. Varieties of Spanish and its distribution in the USA
  • 4. "Spanglish": linguistic characteristics
  • 5. Bilinguism, code mixing and code switching
  • 6. Teaching Spanish in the USA
    required literature
  • Moreno Fernández, F. La lengua española en su geografía. Madrid: Arco/Libros, 2009
  • López Morales, H. Andadura del español por el mundo. Madrid: Taurus, 2010.
    recommended literature
  • Garrido, J. "El español en los Estados Unidos". In El español en América. Contactos lingüísticos en Hispanoamérica. Coord. A. Palacios. Barcelona: Ariel, 2008, pp. 17-32.
  • López Morales H. (coord.). Enciclopedia del español en los Estados Unidos. Madrid: Santillana, 2009.
  • Alvar, M. "Los Estados Unidos". In Manual de dialectología hispánica. El español de América. Coord. M. Alvar. Barcelona: Ariel, 1996, pp. 90-100.
Teaching methods
Lecture: exposition and definitions of basic terms and their exemplification on authentic texts and/or audiovisual material.
Seminar: analysis and interpretation in class of various features studied on authentic examples and texts.
Obligatory lectures every week (extracts or theoretical papers)
Assessment methods
Lectures and class discussion.
Homeworks (reading tasks).
Written test (exam).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Minimální počet studentů: 5
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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