Dialects of Spanish
Spanish is the official language of Spain and over twenty American countries, and it is the de facto second language of the United States. But even those with a superficial knowledge of Spanish know that there are vast geographical and social differences in the language. In this class we will explore variation in the Spanish language, focusing on the historical sources of modern-day dialects, the lexical and grammatical features that distinguish them, the social factors that determine current usage, and the future of the language in the different contexts where it is used.
Required Text: Alvar, Manuel (2007). Introducción al español americano. Madrid: Arco Libros. ISBN 978-84-7635-696-8