Sounds of Spanish

  • BU Course Number: CAS LX383/683/LS507
  • Prerequisites: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics and CAS LS 303 or a higher level Spanish course, or permission of the instructor.
  • BU HUB: N/A
  • Offered at the undergraduate and graduate level

*This course is taught in Spanish.

Course Description: [Sample Syllabus].  The goal of this course is to introduce students to the linguistic analysis of speech, with a focus on the Spanish language. We will examine the vowels and consonants of Spanish from the perspective of articulatory and acoustic phonetics. In addition, the course will introduce core concepts in phonological analysis, surveying the phonemic inventory and phonological organization of Spanish. We will also investigate a range of regional variation demonstrated by so-called dialects of Spanish, with an emphasis on the historical and social significance of such variation in Spain, Latin America, and the United States. In summary, this course aims to examine the sounds of Spanish as physical, mental, and social phenomena.