Bringing Linguistics into the Spanish Language Classroom is a practical, time-saving resource that allows teachers to easily integrate the most interesting and important findings of Hispanic linguistics into their Spanish language classes.
Teachers will find classroom-ready explanations and PowerPoint slides for each topic covered, as well as instructions and materials for in-class activities and take-home projects that will engage students in this fresh take on the target language. Slide presentations for each chapter are available online at www.routledge.com/9780367111960.
The book covers aspects of Spanish from the trilled r to the personal a, from Indo-European origins to modern dialects, and from children’s first words to adult speech errors. An innovative set of five linguistics-based essential questions organizes and contextualizes this wide range of material:
- How is Spanish different from other languages?
- How is Spanish similar to other languages?
- What are the roots of Spanish?
- How does Spanish vary?
- How do people learn and use Spanish?
Fully customizable to teacher and student interest, proficiency level, and time available in class, this book is ideal for Spanish language teachers looking to incorporate valuable linguistic insights into their curricula, even if they lack prior knowledge of this field. It is an excellent resource for Hispanic linguistics courses as well.
Table of Contents
How to use this book
More about the essential questions
Chapter 1: How is Spanish different from other languages?
Spanish in the world
Speakers and countries
The Academy system
The Nobel Prize in Literature
The inverted ¿ and ¡ marks
The th sound
The mega-preposition en
The two imperfect subjunctives
The variety of Spanish past tenses
Gendered first and second person pronouns
Chapter 2: How is Spanish similar to other languages?
The trilled r
Multiple 'you' pronouns
Frequent irregular verbs
Preterite and imperfect
The personal a
Chapter 3: What are the roots of Spanish?
A bird’s-eye view of the history of Spanish
Spanish as an Indo-European language
Spain before Latin
The Roman conquest
Spanish comes to the Americas
The sound changes that shaped Spanish words
Sources of Spanish words
Changes in meaning
Por and para
The many descendents of Latin ille ‘that’
The evolution of the Spanish verb system
Irregular yo verbs (-zco and -go)
The extreme irregularity of ser and ir
Drastic changes in the Latin noun system
Chapter 4: How does Spanish vary?
Dialects and multilingualism
Multilingualism in Spain
Multilingualism in Latin America
Variation in Spanish pronunciation
Weakening or deletion of final s
Yeísmo, seseo, and ceceo
Deleting d between vowels
Puerto Rican r
Non-standard verb forms
Variation in verb use
Chapter 5: How do people learn and use Spanish?
Motherese ("baby talk")
Order of acquisition of consonants
Learning semantic contrasts
Order of acquisition of verb tenses
Learning to conjugate
Language and thought
Spanish "Pig Latin"
Appendix A: In-class activities
Appendix B:. Take-home projects
Appendix C: Slides
Judy Hochberg has a PhD in linguistics from Stanford University and teaches Spanish at Fordham University, New York. She is the author of ¿Por qué? 101 Questions about Spanish (2016) and blogs at spanishlinguist.us.
"This book is a very timely resource for teachers who are keen to develop a basic linguistic awareness in students of modern languages and who need to develop confidence in this area themselves. It focusses on a number of aspects of the Spanish language which are known to be of particular interest (as well as often being popularly misunderstood) and explains them in an easily accessible way, while remaining authoritative and academically rigorous. At the same time, it is remarkable just how much ground is covered, which will surely whet the learners' (and indeed teachers') appetite for deeper knowledge. The briefings in English provided for teachers are followed by invaluable 'Teacher talk' sections giving the essential information in Spanish; they are accompanied by in-class and take-home activities, and are accompanied by a set of attractive powerpoint presentations (in Spanish). Professor Hochberg has set an admirable model for similar enterprises."
Christopher Pountain, Queen Mary University of London, UK