This course is an introduction to the theory and methodology of linguistics as applied to the study of Spanish. The goals of the course are to understand the basic characteristics of human language (and of Spanish in particular), and to learn the techniques used to describe and explain linguistic phenomena. In this course, we will study the sound system (phonetics/phonology), the structure of words (morphology), the construction of sentences (syntax), the history of the Spanish language, and variation. We will examine texts, speech samples, and songs that illustrate the linguistic phenomena. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.