Checking date: 03/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Spanish language
Study: Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (211)

Coordinating teacher: PAVON LUCERO, MARIA VICTORIA

Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Arts and Humanities

Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
- To understand that language and especially Spanish language is a human ability that allows people to communicate. - To know the norm of the Spanish language and the most frequent deviations from it. - To know which tools we have to get informed about the norm of the Spanish language. - To know the different varieties of the Spanish language in order to extend this knowledge within the professional environment. - To analyze varieties and norms of the Spanish language in a critical way. - To learn how to cope with information that people find in texts and in Spanish discourses in general. - To know the structure of a text: cohesion and coherence. - To analyze speech acts. - To know the basic rules of Spanish word formation. - To know the lexical devices which are more suitable for each situation and subject.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Spanish word-formation. - Introduction. - Morphological polysemy. - Morphological synonymy and antonymy. - Morphological productivity and blocking. 2. Word relations. - Syntactic-semantic relations. - Syntagmatic relations. - Paradigmatic relations: - Relations of inclusion. - Relations of identity. - Relations of exclusion and opposition. 3. Language and context. - Speech acts. - Cooperative principle. - Conversational maxims. - Violations of the cooperative principle. - Relevance theory. - Informative structure in discourse. 4. Spanish varieties. - Introduction: linguistic change. - Spanish dialects - Language and dialect. - Historical dialects of Spanish language. - Dialects of castilian. - Diachronic, diastratic and diaphasic varieties. 5. The norm of Spanish language. - The concept of the norm. Norm and standard language. - Different degrees in the norm. - The particular situation of the Spanish norm. - Sources for the study of the norm.
Learning activities and methodology
1) The teacher explains a subject while the students try to understand the explanation and ask questions about it if necessary. 2) The students get used to handling the fundamental tools of the Spanish language: grammar, dictionaries... 3) The students do different exercises in order to apply their theoretical knowledge. 4) The students read some chapters from books concerning the Spanish language and sum them up or review them. 5) The students take part in debates which allow them to develop their argumentative abilities and their critical thinking. 6) The students do some exercises at home.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • BOSQUE, IGNACIO y VIOLETA DEMONTE (eds.). Gramática descriptiva de la lengua española. Madrid, Espasa Calpe, 1999..
  • CRUSE, D. A.. Meaning in language. An introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • DE MIGUEL, ELENA (ed.). Panorama de la lexicología,. Barcelona, Ariel, 2009..
  • ESCANDELL VIDAL, Mª VICTORIA. Introducción a la pragmática, 2ª ed.. Barcelona, Ariel, 2005..
  • GARCÍA MEDAL, J. (ed.). Aspectos de morfología derivativa del español. Lugo, Tristram, 2002.
  • GARCÍA MOUTON, PILAR. Lenguas y dialectos de España. Madrid, Arco Libros, 2002..
  • GIMENO, F.. Dialectología y sociolingüística españolas. Alicante, Universidad de Alicante, 1990.
  • GROSS, G.. Manuel d'analyse linguistique. Approche sémantico-syntaxique du lexique.. Presse universitaires du Septentrion.. 2012
  • GUTIÉRREZ CUADRADO, J. Y J. A. PASCUAL. De cómo el castellano se convirtió en español, en A. García Simón (ed.): Historia de una cultura. La singularidad de Castilla. Valladolid, Junta de Castilla y León, vol. 2, 320-385..
  • GUTIÉRREZ ORDÓÑEZ, SALVADOR. Temas, remas, focos, tópicos y comentarios. Madrid, Arco/Libros, 1997.
  • LABOV. W.. Principios del cambio lingüístico (2 vols). Madrid, Gredos, 2006.
  • LAPESA, RAFAEL. Historia de la lengua española, 9ª ed.. Madrid, Gredos, 1991..
  • LYONS, JOHN. Semántica. Barcelona, Teide, 1989[1977]..
  • MILROY, J. Y MILROY, L.. Authority in Language. Investigating Standard English.. Routledge.. 1985
  • PAVÓN LUCERO, MARÍA VICTORIA. Gramática práctica del español, Madrid. Instituto Cervantes / Espasa-Calpe, 2007..
  • PENA, J.. Formación de palabras, en M. Alvar (dir.): Introducción a la lingüística española. Barecelona, Ariel, 234-253.
  • REAL ACADEMIA ESPAÑOLA. Diccionario de la lengua española. Madrid, Espasa Calpe, 2001, 22ª ed..
  • REAL ACADEMIA ESPAÑOLA. Diccionario panhispánico de dudas. Madrid, Santillana, 2005..
  • REAL ACADEMIA ESPAÑOLA. Nueva gramática de la lengua española. Madrid, Espasa-Calpe, 2009.
  • VARELA, S. (ed.).. Morfología léxica: la formación de palabras. Madrid, Gredos, 2005.

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.