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Dialectologia del español de EE. UU.


This 6-hour seminar/workshop will cover the history and diversity of Spanish dialects spoken in the USA. It will focus on understanding and learning the phonological, phonetical, socio-linguistic aspects of the varieties of Spanish presently existing in the United States and how they come in contact due to migration and communicative practices. Other topics include a discussion on Spanglish, the traditional varieties spoken in New Mexico and Louisiana, and a brief explanation on the origin of Spanish, how it extended to most of the Iberian Peninsula, and how it was instituted as the dominant language in the American continent during the Spanish colony.


At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify specific words and expressions from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world E
  • Explain the social factors that determined the distribution of the many varieties of Spanish in the US
  • Explain how the Spanish language was disseminated in the Americas
  • Identify the varieties of Spanish form their phonological perspective
  • Identify and process dialectal variation in Spanish spoken in the US
  • Develop glossaries through the use of videos and texts found on the Internet

Participants will work with oral and written texts produced in different varieties of Spanish to identify those varieties and identify the linguistic features of each Spanish dialect. A list of salient words for each dialect will be provided, as well a a comparison table with different meanings of one word used in the different Spanish dialects, namely varieties from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Central America, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. This seminar is taught in Spanish.

Approved by the Judicial Council for 6 CIMCE instructor-led credits

  •  October 5, 2019
     1:30 am - 9:00 am
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