78674 - Spanish Linguistics 1 (LM)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The global aim of this course – which includes lectures and language classes - is to provide students with an expert knowledge of a number of aspects of Spanish linguistics, enabling them not only to communicate effectively in Spanish, but also to think critically about and describe the metalinguistic factors at play in language use. This aim will be achieved by providing students with theoretical knowledge related to one or more of the following areas of Spanish linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, stylistics and corpus linguistics. The focus of the course will be on real language use, with authentic texts (written and/ or spoken, belonging to different registers) and electronic language corpora used as examples. Language classes aim to improve students’ linguistic competence; over the two year period students’ knowledge of English should reach an equivalent level to C2 in accordance with the European framework in all four abilities. These classes will work in connection with the lectures to improve students’ writing skills in particular.

Course contents

Linguistics - Course objectives (Prof. Ana Pano Alamán)
The objective of the course is to provide a number of fundamental concepts in Linguistics and Discourse Analysis in Spanish. Considering the principal varieties of the contemporary Spanish as well as the concepts of variation, pluricentric norm, spoken Spanish, Spanish for specific purposes, and computer-mediated discourse, we will see the principal aspects of language analysis (phonetics, morphology, lexicon, semantics, pragmatics). Theoretical explanations will be accompanied by linguistic analysis of written and oral corpora. The course includes an introduction to corpus linguistics.

Language lessons/Lettorato (Dott. Pilar Asarta)
The objective of the course is to achieve a good level of specialization in the Spanish language through: analysis of texts on issues related to the Spanish language; essays and articles on current affairs (preparation of synthesis and personal comments); analysis of language, particularly of some varieties of Spanish, through different texts; writing formal texts (essays, articles, etc.); analysis of real documents on various topics related to the Spanish and Spanish-American language and culture to put into practice the oral competence, to know different lexical fields, idiomatic expressions, and the study of grammatical structures at the C1 / C2 levels. Special attention will be paid to the linguistic divergences between Italian and Spanish, while some particular aspects related to vocabulary, grammar and pragmatics will be reviewed.
Further information will be provided at the beginning of the course and in this website: https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/mariadel.asarta



Dossier compulsory texts Spanish Linguistics:

  • Muñoz-Basols, J. et al. (2017): 'Semántica y pragmática. Del significado al uso del lenguaje', en Muñoz-Basols, J., N. Moreno, I. Taboada y M. Lacorte (eds.), Introducción a la lingüística hispánica actual, Routledge, pp. 227-288.
  • Félix-Brasdefer, J. C. (2019): "Análisis del discurso: uso del lenguaje en acción", en Félix-Brasdefer, J. C., Pragmática del español: contexto, uso, variación, Routledge, pp.121-145.
  • Parini, A. (2020): "La comunicación en línea: aspectos tecnológicos, sociales y situacionales", en Placencia, M.E. y Padilla, X. A. (eds.) Guía práctica de pragmática del español, Routledge, pp. 230-242.

These texts, powerpoint presentations and other material will be available online in the platform Virtuale.

Readings for the language lessons course/lettorato will be contained in a specific “dossier”, available online at the beginning of the course.

Teaching methods

a) Lectures (multimedia presentations)

b) Class discussions

c) Student presentations

d) Corpus design & short essay


NB: The course will start remotely, but there will be a subsequent part in attendance in the classroom (with shifting of students divided into groups according to their number). Further indications and timescales will be communicated by the teacher to the students.

Assessment methods

Spanish Linguistics/Lezioni frontali (A. Pano Alaman)

There will be two oral exams within each session.

The exam consists of an oral discussion (starting level C1), which will focus on the content of the course (compulsory readings, class notes and slides).

Language lessons/Lettorato (P. Asarta)

Exam (starting level C1):

  • WRITTEN EXAM: exercices on vocabulary and short essay about a specific subject of the linguistics course;
  • ORAL EXAM: morphosyntactic and lexical analysis of a text concerning a specific subject of the linguistics course.

N.B. The final grade of the course is the sum obtained for 1/3 of the result achieved in the language lessons (lettorato) exam (34 hours) and for 2/3 of the result achieved in the linguistics (lezioni frontali) exam (60 hours).

N.B. Students are allowed to take the linguistics exam (lezioni frontali) only after having passed both written and oral exams related to the language lessons (lettorato).

Teaching tools

Besides the texts indicated in the Bibliography, students will be provided with complementary resources. These materials will be available in the copy centers (via Cartoleria) and in the “Materiale didattico” webpage as well.

Texts for practicing language

  • Castro, F. (2006). Uso de la gramática española. Madrid: Edelsa
  • Carrera Díaz, M. (1997). Grammatica spagnola. Bari: Laterza
  • RAE Ortografía de la lengua española. (2010) Madrid: Espasa Calpe.


CLAVE. Diccionario de uso del español actual. Madrid: Ediciones SM.

DRAE. (2002).Diccionario de la Lengua Española., Madrid: Espasa Calpe.
Moliner, M. (1999). Diccionario de uso del español, Madrid, Gredos.

Tam, L. (2004).Grande Dizionario italiano-spagnolo, spagnolo-italiano. Milán: Hoepli.

Office hours

See the website of Ana Pano Alaman