SPANISH 487 - Studies in Hispanic Linguistics
Section: 001 Afro-Hispanic Language
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SPANISH 298, ROMLING 298, or LING 210.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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The African slave trade, beginning in the 15th century, brought African languages into contact with Spanish and Portuguese, resulting in the Africans' gradual acquisition of these languages. In this seminar, we will examine the major forms of Afro-Hispanic language found in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin American over the last 500 years. We will discuss phonetics-phonology, morphology, and syntax, with an eye to separating legitimate forms of Afro-Hispanic expression from those that are the result of racist stereotyping. We will explore how contact with the African diaspora has had a permanent impact on contemporary Spanish. A principal question to be addressed is the possibility that Spanish, in contact with speakers of African Languages, may have been considerably restructured and even creolized in the Caribbean and perhaps elsewhere-permanently affecting regional and social varieties of Spanish today.

This course counts as elective credit toward the Spanish minor.

COURSE TEXTBOOK (required): Lipski, John. (2005) A History of Afro-Hispanic Language. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

SPANISH 487 - Studies in Hispanic Linguistics
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001 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780521115582
A history of Afro-Hispanic language : five centuries, five continents, Author: John M. Lipski., Publisher: Cambridge University Press Digitally 2009
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