Postgraduate course

Theory and Methods in Spanish Linguistics

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course will contain at least four of the following components:

- Spanish language as an objective of study (introduction)

- Methodologies in Spanish dialectology

- Methodologies in Spanish sociolinguistics

- Language contact between Spanish and other languages

- Spanish language and culture

- New trends in Spanish linguistics

- Corpus linguistics

- Spoken language

By working with various methodologies within the field of Spanish linguistics, students are to gain increased insight and competence in modern Spanish linguistics. By analysing texts written about Spanish linguistics (Spanish dialects, linguistic atlases, sociolinguistics, ethnolinguistics, language contact, etc.), students are to acquire a critical perspective on and in-depth knowledge of research on Spanish language.

There will also be an introduction on how to write a project description, on possible relevant topics for the Master¿s thesis, and about possible supervisors. Approximately two hours will be set aside for this.

Learning Outcomes

The student

- is familiar with modern approaches in Spanish linguistics, and is familiar with the main characteristics of various methodologies and techniques used by linguists in the analysis of Spanish in recent times.

- has gained insight into theoretical and methodological problems in Spanish linguistics.

- can account for the main characteristics of modern methodologies of approaching Spanish language.

- can distinguish between these methodologies and work with them.

- has achieved a basis from which to continue to carry out research on Latin-American and European Spanish language.

Required Previous Knowledge

No formal requirements, but all lecturing is conducted in Spanish and demands a solid command of the language.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

The course is open to students enrolled in the Master¿s programme in Spanish language and Latin-American studies at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars will be given on various linguistic disciplines which can be utilised in the study of Spanish. Lectures will be held two hours per week for 12 weeks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The term paper (see Forms of assessment) is to be submitted for supervision during the semester. Students are also required to attend supervision in person at an agreed-upon time. Supervision via e-mail will be given only in extraordinary circumstances and only following application to the department. Deadlines for submission of term paper drafts will be announced in the seminars.

Approved coursework is valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

Students are to write a supervised term paper of ca. 4,000 words in Spanish plus bibliography. The topic for the term paper must be approved by the course instructor. The term paper will be assessed by a committee at the end of the semester.

Grading Scale

The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a failing grade.

Reading List

Ca. 500 pages representing various works on Spanish linguistics from ca. 1950 to the present.

As a rule, students are to adhere to the course reading list given the semester the course is taken. However, alternative reading lists may be approved following an application to the course instructor(s) which argues for the alternative reading list. In semesters where no teaching is given, the reading list from the previous semester is to be used.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Paper

    Submission deadline
    28.11.2018, 13:00
    Examination system
    Digital exam