Course syllabus

SPANISH 341/741: Spanish Sound Structure

Semester 1, 2018 

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Points:
SPANISH 341 is worth 15 points, while SPANISH 741 is worth 30 points.

Prerequisites:
15 points from SPANISH 201, 278, 319, 321, 377, 378

Convenor:
Dr Eduardo Piñeros, Arts 2 Room 404A, c-e.pineros@auckland.ac.nz, +64 9 373 7599 ext. 87126

Office hours:
Wednesday, 11am-12pm, or by appointment.

Course Description and Objectives:
SPANISH 341/741 provides a solid grounding in Spanish phonetics and phonology while helping students develop a native-like oral production. Foundational linguistic concepts are applied to deconstruct the Spanish sound system and numerous oral-practice exercises are conducted in class to help students minimize transfer of English pronunciation habits. Phonetic transcription is employed to highlight sound changes and demonstrate the wide range of pronunciation variants that exist across the Spanish-speaking world. By the end of this course students will have improved the quality of their oral production and gained a good understanding of Spanish sound patterns.

Class times and rooms:
Monday, 12-2pm, 801 Room 316 (Lecture)
Friday, 12-1pm, 104 Room G07 (341 tutorial)
Friday, 2-3pm, 303 Room B07 (741 exclusive tutorial)

Workload:
SPANISH 341 has 3 contact hours per week (2 lectures and 1 tutorial). SPANISH 741 has 4 contact hours per week (2 lectures and 2 tutorials). Attendance at all lectures and tutorials is essential in order to understand technical linguistic concepts and gain oral practice. Each lesson builds on the content of previous lessons; thus, it is crucial that you review regularly and do regular oral practice at home. All in all, with classes and personal study, you need to spend 10 hours per week on Spanish 341 and 20 hours per week on Spanish 741.

Main weekly topics:
Week 1 - Introduction, Dialectal variation

Week 2 - Articulatory and acoustic notions, Sonority
Week 3 - Sillabification, Stress
Week 4 - Stress, Intonation, Phonetic transcription
Week 5 - Manners of articulation
Week 6 - Places of articulation, Phonation
Week 7 - Syllabic and non-syllabic vowels
Week 8 - Vowel sequences, Voiceless stops
Week 9 - Voiced stops, Fricatives
Week 10 - Affricates, Nasals, Laterals
Week 11 - Rhotics, Semiconsonants
Week 12 - Oral presentations

Course calendar:

Semana 1

26 de febrero

Hora 1

Hora 2

Hora 3

Introducción al curso

Variación dialectal

 

341: Lengua y habla

 

741: Estudio de los sonidos

Tarea oral 1 (para practicar)

Semana 2

5 de marzo

Hora 4

Hora 5

Hora 6

Nociones articulatorias

Tema para la presentación/ensayo

Nociones acústicas

Tarea escrita 1 (Parte A)

341: Sonancia

 

741: Estructura silábica

Semana 3

12 de marzo

Hora 7

Hora 8

Hora 9

Silabificación

Bibliografía

 

Silabificación

Tarea escrita 1 (Parte B)

341: Acentuación

 

741: Palabra prosódica

Tarea oral 1

Semana 4

19 de marzo

Hora 10

Hora 11

Hora 12

Acentuación

Entonación

Tarea escrita 1

341: Transcripción fonética

 

741: Frase entonativa

Semana 5

26 de marzo

Hora 13

Hora 14

Pascua

Maneras de articulación

Esbozo

Maneras de articulación

RECESO: 30 de marzo – 14 de abril

Semana 6

16 de abril

Hora 15

Hora 16

Hora 17

Lugares de articulación

Fonación

 

PRUEBA 1

Semana 7

23 de abril

Hora 18

Hora 19

Hora 20

Vocales silábicas

Vocales no silábicas

341: Vocales no silábicas

 

Tarea escrita 2 (Parte A)

Semana 8

30 de abril

Hora 21

Hora 22

Hora 23

Secuencias de vocales

Borrador del ensayo

Secuencias de vocales

Tarea oral 2 (para practicar)

 

341: Oclusivas sordas

 

741: Fonosintaxis

Tarea escrita 2 (Parte B)

Semana 9

7 de mayo

Hora 24

Hora 25

Hora 26

Oclusivas sonoras

Diapositivas para la presentación

Oclusivas sonoras

341: Fricativas

 

741: Rasgos pertinentes

Tarea escrita 2

Semana 10

14 de mayo

Hora 27

Hora 28

Hora 29

Africadas

Nasales

Tarea oral 2

341: Laterales

 

741: Procesos fonológicos

 

Semana 11

21 de mayo

Hora 30

Hora 31

Hora 32

Vibrantes

Turnos para presentación

Semiconsonantes

PRUEBA 2

Semana 12

28 de mayo

Hora 33

Hora 34

Hora 35

PRESENTACIONES

ORALES

PRESENTACIONES

ORALES

PRESENTACIONES

ORALES

Resources:
Basic readings
Piñeros, Carlos-Eduardo. Estructura de los sonidos del español. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, Prentice Hall, 2008, 414 pp.
Quilis, Antonio y Joseph A. Fernández. Curso de fonética y fonología españolas. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. 1996.

Further readings on reserve at the Library
Canfield, D. Lincoln. Spanish Pronunciation in the Americas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1981.
Lipski, John. El español de América. Madrid: Cátedra. 2007.
Palacios Alcaine, Azucena. El español en América. Barcelona: Ariel. 2008.
Zamora Vicente, Alonso. Dialectología española. Madrid: Gredos. 1978.

Spanish 341/741 website
The website for this course is a rich repository of electronic resources that will help you study and practice what you learn in class. To access it, go to Canvas (https://canvas.auckland.ac.nz) and log in using your UPI and Netaccount password.

Course Assessment:

Spanish 341

Spanish 741

Written assignments (2 @ 10%)

  20%

Written assignments (2 @ 5%)

  10%

Oral assignments (2 @ 10%)

  20%

Oral assignments (2 @ 5%)

  10%

In-class tests (2 @ 20%)

  40%

In-class tests (2 @ 15%)

  30%

Oral presentation (1 @ 20%)

  20%

Oral presentation (1 @ 10%)

  10%

 

 

Essay (4,000 words)

  40%

Course summary:

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