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Jose Luis Herrero Ingelmo


José Luis Herrero Ingelmo, from Spain, earned his Ph.D. at the Universidad de Salamanca. He is professor of Spanish at the Universidad de Salamanca, where he served for several years as the Assistant Director of Cursos Internacionales (International Programs). He is also a professor for the M.A. in Spanish Language and Culture of the Universidad de Salamanca in Atlanta (Georgia), and for the "Diploma in Hispanic Studies" in Salamanca. He has been a member of the Executive Committee for the Certification System of Spanish as a Foreign Language (SICELE) and for the Laboratory of Computer Linguistics at the University of Paris XIII. He is a specialist in lexicography and history of the language. He has published "Las palabras cultas en el Renacimiento español" and other works on the history of lexical Spanish ("Cultismos, americanismos y neologismos en la poesía de Mario Benedetti"), on toponymy and dialectology ("El leonés en Salamanca cien años después"). He has edited, among other books, Reprovación de las supersticiones y hechizerías de Pedro Ciruelo (originally published in Salamanca, 1538).



Course List: 

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SPAN 6501 - Intro to Advanced SP Grammar      

This course utilizes an integrated approach to bridging the gap between intermediate and advanced levels of language, putting particular emphasis on some of the most essential topics of Spanish grammar such as: 1) Rules of orthographical accents; 2) Ser vs. Estar; 3) Uses of past tenses, indicative mood; 3) Prepositions (a, por, para); 4) Basic uses of the subjunctive/subordinate clauses; 5) Indicative vs. subjunctive mood; 6) Conjunctions.
The approach to these grammar topics will take into consideration the theoretical aspects as well as the practical use in speech and writing. Authentic cultural readings of diverse types and sources will serve as a context for linguistic practice and written exercises in the classroom. (1 unit) This course meets two hours a day.

Required materials: Theory, practical exercises, articles, and other reading materials are provided by the professors at Middlebury online in “Moodle”. Language & Stylistics

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6605 - Spanish Language Dictionaries      

The course introduces a modern and historical panorama of Spanish language dictionaries. The course will include a theoretical introduction to lexicography and the production of dictionaries; in this way it will establish a foundation for lexical commentary. We will analyze the most important Spanish language dictionaries, starting with the bilingual Nebrija dictionaries to the Pan-Hispanic dictionary of the RAE (Real Academia Española -Spanish Real Academia-), which will be used as the reference text. Lastly, the course will finish the study of theory by using databases that facilitate the production of dictionaries. (1 unit)

Required text: A. M. Medina (coord.), Lexicografía española, (Barcelona: Ariel Lingüística, 2003). Linguistics

Summer 2013

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SPAN 6620 - History of Spanish Language      

We will study a broad introduction to the history of the Spanish language. From its distant origins in Latin learned by the early inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula, to its privileged position of language in today's world, and in its Peninsular and Atlantic variants. We will study the evolution (phonetic, morphological, syntactic, and lexical) of Spanish at successive stages (origins, medieval, modern, classic, current). We will reflect on it's relationship to historical events that have shaped the Hispanic civilization and the development of the Spanish language. Finally, we will analyze significant texts of each historical moment and discuss their most relevant linguistic and stylistic characteristics. (1 unit)

Required text: Mª Jesús Torrens Álvarez, Evolución e historia de la lengua española (Arco / Libros, 2007). Linguistics

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6704 - Intro to Sociolinguistics      

Introduction to Sociolinguistics

This course is an introduction to sociolinguistic theory and its application to the Spanish language of Spain and Latin America. Besides the history and basic concepts of the discipline (especially that of the language change), we will mainly describe diastratic (linguistic variety characterized by socio-cultural status of the speaker) and diaphasic (the varieties used depending on the particular communicative situation; it deals with the use of different registers depending on the formal or colloquial context) varieties. We will especially deep in the variables of age, sex, and socio-economic level. Above all, we will pull up on the methodology of research in this area (collection techniques and interpretation of the data). Finally, we will study Spanish contacts with other languages (bilingualism, diglossia, pidgins, creole languages). (1 unit)

Required Text: Carmen Silva-Corvalán, Sociolingüística y pragmática del español (Washington: Georgetown UP, 2001). Linguistics

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6707 - Romance Langs of Mediterranean      

Romance Languages of the Mediterranean

This course offers the student a clear and simple introduction of linguistic unity that Romania is constructed of and from the mother language, Latin, through carefully selected data from external history (substrate, superstrate, and adstratum) and internal history (phonetic level, morphosyntactic level, and especially the lexical-semantic level) of the different varieties of Neo-Latin (Romance languages ). We will focus on the analysis and comparison of the three major languages (Spanish, French, and Italian) around the Mediterranean Sea, although we will refer to others. We will study the fragmentation process of Vulgar Latin and the birth of the Romance languages . We will describe the similarities and differences of the most important Romance languages . (1 unit)

Required text: José Manuel Fradejas, Las lenguas románicas (Madrid: Arco/Libros, 2010). Linguistics

Summer 2012

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The Spanish School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
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Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
6-week Program

P: 802.443.5539