Language Contact In Spain (Fall 2009)


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Prof. Francisco Salgado-Robles, M.A.
PhD Candidate (ABD) in Hispanic Linguistics
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
University of Florida
323 Yon Hall
Phone: (352) 392-9222
Fax: (352) 392-5679
Gainesville, FL 32611-7405

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Language Contact In Spain (Fall 2009)

  1. 2. SPN3224: Contact Language in Spain & the EU <ul><li>COURSE DESCRIPTION: </li></ul><ul><li>Today, the European Union is composed of 27 states and has 23 official languages, which means it coexists in a context of multilingualism: a prosperous mosaic of cultural and linguistic identities. This mosaic in Spain has been a permanent debate since the 1978 Constitution in this country. </li></ul><ul><li>This course aims to offer students the opportunity for a close analysis of linguistic diversity in Spain and its representation in the European Union. Apart from Spanish, which is the official language throughout the Spanish territory, three other languages are officially recognized as national languages: Galician, Basque, and Catalan. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, this course includes three main topics: 1) the comparison of the structures of these languages and the linguistic effects of language contact; 2) the socio-historical context of these languages; and 3) the influence of linguistic conflict and language policy towards this linguistic reality. Special emphasis will be placed on the significant role played by the European Union. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>COURSE DESCRIPTION: </li></ul><ul><li>Last September 26, 2008, The European Day of Languages –held since 2001– was celebrated under the motto “United in diversity”. This convention promoted the linguistic diversity in Europe, and aimed to show why and how multilingualism is one of the key factors of Europe. Galician, Basque, and Catalan languages occupied a prominent place in the discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>As Leonard Orban, the Commissioner for Multilingualism (2007 – present) in the European Union, proclaims, “they [languages] go to the very heart of the unity in diversity of the European Union. We need to nurture and promote our linguistic heritage in the Member States but we also need to understand each other, our neighbours, our partners in the EU.” Thus, with this view in mind and through a broad approach, students will gain an appreciation for the linguistic diversity in Spain, together with its history, policies, and relationship with the outside world. </li></ul>SPN3224: Contact Language in Spain & the EU
  3. 4. <ul><li>PRE-REQUISITES: </li></ul><ul><li>SPN 3300 or SPN 3350 </li></ul><ul><li>READING MATERIALS: </li></ul><ul><li>Readings will be available on the instructor’s website. </li></ul><ul><li>TEXTS (recommended): </li></ul><ul><li>Extra, Guss & Gorter, Durk. 2008. Multilingual Europe: Facts and Policies . Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. </li></ul><ul><li>Hogan-Brun, Gabrielle & Wolff, Stefan. 2004. Minority Languages in Europe: Frameworks, Status, Prospects . London: Palgrave Macmillan. </li></ul><ul><li>López García, Angel. 2009. La lengua común en la España plurilingüe . Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert </li></ul>SPN3224: Contact Language in Spain & the EU
  4. 5. <ul><li>CLASS PREPARATION/PARTICIPATION: (30%) </li></ul><ul><li>Both regular attendance and active participation during in-class (face-to-face) and out-of-class (discussion board) discussions of readings and class topics are expected. You are required to read all assigned material carefully and do all accompanying activities before each class session. </li></ul><ul><li>Given that participation is a fundamental element of the grade for the course, attendance at each session is worth two points of the final grade (15x2=30%). To earn all two points, you must arrive on time and be actively engaged in the class. </li></ul><ul><li>Tardiness and inattentiveness will result in the subtraction of points (-1% for each), as will the ringing or buzzing of any electronic device or the use of English during class. </li></ul><ul><li>Please turn off your phones, pagers, etc. before the start of class. Additionally, the use of laptops will be permitted in this class only to take notes. Please refrain from doing otherwise with laptops or smart phones during class. </li></ul><ul><li>You are permitted to have one absence (excused or unexcused). Any additional absences will negatively affect the final course grade (-2%). </li></ul><ul><li>Late work will not be accepted. Any work not turned in by class meeting times will receive a grade of “0”. </li></ul><ul><li>Please note that these stipulations are not meant to be penal in nature, but rather are intended for the good of the overall class environment. </li></ul>SPN3224: Contact Language in Spain & the EU
  5. 6. <ul><li>WEEKLY WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS: (40%) </li></ul><ul><li>To foster a collaborative learning community, you will maintain and keep a regular blog , where you will post weekly blog entries about discussions of articles or screenings of documentaries. </li></ul><ul><li>These weekly assignments will be due every Friday before the subsequent Monday class –except for the documentaries (marked with * on the calendar), which will be required afterwards. Each blog entry should exhibit critical thought of the subject matter and all opinions should be well justified. All comments must be written in Spanish. </li></ul><ul><li>Each student will be required to write a total of 10 blog entries (100-150 words). In addition to making weekly postings to your blog, you are also expected to leave a total of 10 blog comments (50-100 words) on the entries of your classmates during the course of the semester. Each entry/comment is two points (20x2=40%). No late work will be accepted. </li></ul>SPN3224: Contact Language in Spain & the EU
  6. 7. <ul><li>ORAL PRESENTATIONS: (10%) </li></ul><ul><li>Once during the semester you will present a given week’s material and lead a discussion based on the weekly readings (30 minutes long). </li></ul><ul><li>You will be responsible for summarizing the assigned reading, initiating and leading in-class discussion by asking critical questions for the class, and engaging the group in discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>Each presentation must include a handout for each member of the class. </li></ul><ul><li>This component is worth 10 points of the final grade (10%). </li></ul>SPN3224: Contact Language in Spain & the EU
  7. 8. <ul><li>FINAL PROJECT: (20%) </li></ul><ul><li>There will be no exams or quizzes during the semester. Instead, you will write an essay in Spanish, dealing with an aspect discussed in class. </li></ul><ul><li>You will receive a suggested topic for this paper on November 4 th . </li></ul><ul><li>This essay should be 5-7 pages, typed, double-spaced, 1-inch margins in 12 pt. Times New Roman. </li></ul><ul><li>You will present your paper proposal at the end of the semester. This presentation should be 5 minutes long, with 10 minutes for comments and questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Final projects should be turned in by December 16 th , by email, to [email_address] . </li></ul><ul><li>The paper is worth 20% of the final grade. </li></ul><ul><li>Deviation from these requirements will result in a lower grade for this component. </li></ul>SPN3224: Contact Language in Spain & the EU
  8. 9. <ul><li>ASSESSMENT: </li></ul><ul><li>The final grade scale is as follows: </li></ul><ul><li>A = 100-93 C(S) = 76-73 </li></ul><ul><li>A- = 92-90 C- = 72-70 </li></ul><ul><li>B+ = 89-87 D+(U) = 69-67 </li></ul><ul><li>B = 86-83 D = 66-63 </li></ul><ul><li>B- = 82-80 D- = 62-60 </li></ul><ul><li>C+ = 79-77 E = 59-0 </li></ul><ul><li>You will be evaluated based on your achievement of the course goals (above) and the following criteria: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class preparation & participation 30% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly homework assignments: blogs 40% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral presentation 10% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final project 20% </li></ul></ul>SPN3224: Contact Language in Spain & the EU
  9. 10. <ul><li>ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: </li></ul><ul><li>Academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community. Students who enroll at UF commit to holding themselves and their peers to the high standard of honor required by the Honor Code. Any individual who becomes aware of a violation of the Honor Code is bound by honor to take corrective action. </li></ul><ul><li>Violations of the Honor Code include, but are not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, bribery, misrepresentation, fabrication and conspiracy. Such violations may result in the following: lowering grades, expulsion from the course, and/or referral to the student-run Honor Court. </li></ul><ul><li>On all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “ON MY HONOR, I HAVE NEVER NEITHER GIVEN NOR RECEIVED UNAUTHORIZED AID IN DOING THIS ASSIGNMENT.” For more details: </li></ul><ul><li>DISABILITIES: </li></ul><ul><li>Students requesting classroom accommodations must first register with the Dean of Students Office. </li></ul><ul><li>This office will provide documentation to the student, who must then furnish this documentation to the instructor when requesting accommodation. </li></ul>SPN3224: Contact Language in Spain & the EU
  10. 11. SPN3224: Contact Language in Spain & the EU WEEK 1 (August, 26) Presentación del curso WEEK 2 (September 2) Pluralidad lingüística en la Unión Europea WEEK 3 (September 9) La Península Ibérica: variedades lingüísticas (I) WEEK 4 (September 16) La Península Ibérica: variedades lingüísticas (II) WEEK 5 (September 23) Gallego en contacto (I) WEEK 6 (September 30) Gallego en contacto (II) WEEK 7 (October 7) Vasco en contacto (I) WEEK 8 (October 14) Vasco en contacto (II) WEEK 9 (October 21) Catalán en contacto (I) WEEK 10 (October 28) Catalán en contacto (II) WEEK 11 (November 4) Discusión de trabajos finales WEEK 12 (November 11) Veteran’s Day WEEK 13 (November 18) Síntesis WEEK 14 (November 25) Presentaciones orales (I) WEEK 15 (December 2) Presentaciones orales (II) WEEK 16 (December 9) Presentaciones orales (III)
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