Spanish 163: Sociolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Spanish Bilingualism

T Th 3:30-5 P, Dwinelle 234 | Instructor: Davidson | CCN: 26026

Units: 4

Prerequisites: Span 100  – Linguistics Majors can petition to waive this

Taught in Spanish, this course serves to further familiarize students with formal approaches to bilingualism. The course centers on Spanish-speaking communities in order to critically examine several facets of bilingual individuals and societies. Topics covered from a societal-level sociolinguistic standpoint include global language diversity, linguistic vitality, language death, pidgin and creole languages, linguistic identity and ideologies, bilingual education, and government-level language planning. Topics covered from an individual-level psycholinguistic standpoint include language processing, localization in the brain, transfer effects, acquisition and attrition, impairments, and communicative practices (code-switching, for example).