Spanish Linguistics


(a) To learn to discover autonomously how a linguistic approach may contribute towards a better knowledge of a foreign language.
(b) To acquire basic concepts of linguistics that will enhance the knowledge developed in the Spanish Language course.
(c) To acquire explicit knowledge of the structures and grammatical rules of Spanish.
(d) To explore phonological, morphosyntactic, lexical, semantic and pragmatic data, using the students’ own knowledge of the language as a point of departure.
(e) To develop awareness of the differences found, on the one hand, between Spanish and other languages, and, on the other hand, among different varieties of Spanish.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Maria Lavadinho Madeira


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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BOSQUE, I. & V. Demonte (eds.) (1999) Gramática Descriptiva de la Lengua Española. Madrid: Espasa.
HUALDE, J. I., A. Olarrea & E. O'Rourke (orgs.) (2012) The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell.
HUALDE, J. I., A. Olarrea, A. M. Escobar, C. E. Travis (2010) Introducción a la Lingüística Hispánica (2ª ed.). Cambridge University Press.
MUÑOZ-BASOLS, J., N. Moreno, I. Taboada & M. Lacorte (2017) Introducción a la lingüística hispánica actual: teoría y práctica. Routledge.
RIDRUEJO, E. (ed.) (2019) Manual de Lingüística Española. Berlin/Noston: De Gruyter.

Teaching method

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Evaluation method

Classroom participation and autonomous work(20%), Two exercise sets(30%), Written test(50%)

Subject matter

1. Introductory concepts
Levels of linguistic analysis
The standard variety and dialectal variation

2. The sounds
Representation of Spanish sounds
Articulatory classification of sounds
Phonemes and phonological processes
Syllable structure
Prosodic properties: accent, intonation and rhythm

3. The words
Internal structure of words
Word formation processes
Personal pronouns
(a) Pronominal systems of address
(b) Variation in pronoun systems. The phenomena of leísmo, loísmo and laísmo.
(a) Irregularities of the verbal conjugation paradigms
(b) Verbal aspect: past perfect, past simple and past imperfect
(c) Types of verbs: auxiliary, (semi) copulative and predicators

4. The sentences
Syntactic categories and functions
Some uses of ‘se’
Prepositional direct complements
Clitic doubling and clitic left dislocation
Complex sentences, and the use of the indicative and the subjunctive