Patricia Gubitosi

 

   Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics

 

 

 

 

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At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Hispanic Linguistics

 

 

GRADUATE COURSES IN HISPANIC LINGUISTICS

 

Spanish in the U.S. / Sociolinguistic Aspects. This course explores the Spanish spoken in the US and its variety throughout the different geographical and social dialects in the country. The nature of the changes that take place in the language of the subordinate group in a high developed and complex society will be examined under the framework of the sociolinguistic theory. The course prepares students to critically read texts and develop their own research in the field. The work developed by students focuses on collecting and analyzing data and understanding the role played by the extra linguistic variables in the motivation of linguistic change processes.

 

 

Bilingualism and Language Contact. This course focuses on language contact situations in the Spanish speaking world. Important theoretical problems are addressed by the study of linguistic phenomena in bilingual and multilingual context as well as the role played by the contact language in the motivation of linguistic change processes. The proposed course intends to offer the students an approach to the knowledge of linguistic concepts as applied to the study of the live varieties of the Spanish spoken around the world. Fieldwork and analysis of live/real discourse will be required.

 

Hispanic Dialectology. This course examines and compares diachronic and synchronic surveys of the dialects of Spain, Spanish America and the Hispanic Caribbean. Some theoretical approaches and methodologies to study dialect classification are considered. Also, the course revises the debates on the origins and historical development of Spanish dialects in Latin America as well as the most recent developments in the fields of Dialectology.

 

Introduction to Discourse Analysis. This course focuses on the relationships between language and society, and the language use beyond the boundaries of a sentence/utterance. These theoretical problems comprise language use in social contexts (not only spoken but also written speech) and dialogue and interaction between speakers.

 

Structure of Modern Spanish. This course presents the syntax and morphology of contemporary Spanish using current generative theories. This class does not presuppose any knowledge of the theoretical framework, since the basic theoretical assumptions will be introduced in the course.

 

Spanish 512 – Spanish as Language Minority in the US. This course focuses on Spanish spoken in the United States, the relationship of a dominant language to subordinate language(s), the nature of the changes that take place in the language of the subordinate group in a high developed and complex society, and the role played by the contact language in the motivation of linguistic change processes. The course intends to offer the students a first approach to the knowledge of basic linguistic concepts as applied to the study of the live varieties of the Spanish language that are spoken in the United States. Also, diverse aspects of heritage language maintenance and development will be explored.

 

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES at UMASS

 

Spanish 473. Contrastive Analysis Spanish / English. 
This course provides a contrastive description and analysis of the phonological, morphological and syntactic structures of Spanish and English. 
Pre-requisites: Spanish 378, Spanish 311.

 

Spanish 471. Linguistic Varieties and Pluralism. This course intends to offer the students an introduction to regional and social varieties of Spanish in Spain, Latin America and the U.S., and an overview of situations of language contact and multilingualism affecting Spanish in those areas. Pre-requisites: Spanish 378, Spanish 311.

 

Spanish 470. General View of Hispanic Linguistics.This course is an introduction to basic aspects of Hispanic linguistics, where Students learn about the different components of language. The course starts with the introduction of concepts that help students understand the nature of language, such as prescriptive and descriptive grammar, grammaticality judgments, linguistic prejudice, and the nature and goals of linguistic inquiry. Six different areas of Hispanic linguistics are presented in the course: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, history of the Spanish language, and sociolinguistics. The general goal of the course is to present a broad view of the nature of human language using Spanish as an example. 
Pre-requisites: Spanish 378, Spanish 311.

 

Spanish 465. Business Spanish. Presentation of major trends and developments in the Spanish-speaking world. Analysis of economic, legal, and international business issues. Utilization of Spanish terminology in commercial correspondence and business. Pre-requisites: Spanish 311

 

Spanish 311: Advanced Grammar. 
Spanish 311 is designed to provide students with a linguistic perspective of the Spanish Grammar. The class helps students improve their writing and reading skills. This course is intended to be more than a simple grammar review. It presents a detailed discussion of specific grammar topics that are particularly challenging to native speakers of English: subjunctive use, aspect, use of 'ser' and 'estar', impersonal se, etc. Pre-requisites: Spanish 240

 

 

 

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