Spanish PhoneticsRobert L Davis, U Oregon
15-19 June, 2015
Robert Davis, Professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon, is offering Spanish Phonetics, a full 4-credit class, in an intensive one-week format. It’s listed as SPAN 324 (undergrad), but it could be taken SPAN 605 for graduate credit, if in-service teachers need the credits. Book an airbnb in Eugene, and complete a whole grad class in one week!
Description and objectives. In this class, the students will learn basic linguistic tools to analyze the phonetic and phonological systems of Spanish. Topics include the phonetic alphabet, syllabification, and thorough review of Spanish spelling system and accent marks. Students will use these linguistic tools to diagnose and correct possible deficiencies in the pronunciation of Spanish that give the student a non-normative accent. We will also study the range of regional and social accents and dialects of Spanish. This contextualization of phonetics within the geographical and social realities of the Spanish-speaking world make this class a perfect complement to the study of the cultures and literatures that are the core of the humanities-oriented curriculum.
Activities. The objectives above will be reached by
- reading and study of linguistic descriptions of Spanish phonetics (textbook)
- transcribing spoken and written texts using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
- recording and evaluating the student’s oral production in Spanish
- in-class practice of the sounds of Spanish.
For more information, contact Robert L. Davis
Robert L. Davis
Professor of Spanish
Director of Language Instruction | Dept. of Romance Languages
University of Oregon | Eugene OR 97403-1233 USA