Checking date: 29/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Spanish language and the media
Bachelor in Journalism (Plan: 383 - Estudio: 212)

Coordinating teacher: GARCIA PEREZ, RAFAEL

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 know the norm of Spanish Language - To be able to deliver information about events and to report other people's speech in a clear and trustworthy way. - To recognize the particularities of Media language in order to use the vocabulary that is suitable for the subject, the means and the public. - To know the basic semantic relations and to be able to determine how they behave in journalistic texts: if they create explicit, added, hidden meanings, etc. - To be able to detect the relations and the differences between the grammatical structure and the informative structure of statements. - To recognize the extralinguistic factors which determine language use and the meaning that linguistic expressions have depending on the context.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Language variation and change. 1.a. Diatopic and diachronic variation. - The traditional concepts of language and dialect and their problems. - Historical variation of the Spanish language. - Internal variation of the Spansih language. 1.b. Diastratic and diaphasic variation. - Social variation of the Spanish language. - Stylistic variation of the Spanish language. 2. Standard language. - The concept of standard language. - The construction of the standard Spanish. Comparison with other standards in Spain. 3. The norm. 3.1. The norm and the strengthening of the standard language 3.2. The determination of criteria for the establishment of the norm. 3.3. Descriptive linguistics and the norm. 3.3.a. Introduction: the language rules. 3.3..b. Word formation rules. 3.3.b.1. Morphologic polysemy. 3.3.b.2. Morphologic synonymy and antonymy. 3.3.b.3. Productivity and blocking. 3.3.b.4. Word formation rules and the norm. 3.3.c. Syntactic rules. 3.3.c.1. General syntactic criteria. 3.3.c.2. Syntactic-semantic restrictions. 3.3.c.3. The syntactic rules and the norm. 3.4. Sources for learning about 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.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
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..
  • 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. Presses 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..
  • LABOV. W.. Principios del cambio lingüístico (2 vols). Madrid, Gredos, 2006.
  • LAPESA, RAFAEL. Historia de la lengua española, 9ª ed.. Madrid, Gredos, 1991..
  • MILROY, J. y MILROY, L.. Authority in Language. Investigating Standard English. Routledge. 1985
  • MORENO FERNÁNDEZ, F.. Principios de sociolingüística y sociología del lenguaje. Barcelona, Ariel. 1998
  • PENA, J.. Formación de palabras, en M. Alvar (dir.): Introducción a la lingüística española. Barecelona, Ariel, 234-253.
  • PERELMAN, CH. Y OLBRECHTS-TYTECA, L.. Tratado de la argumentación. La nueva retórica.. Madrid, Gredos.. 1989
  • 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.