Haralambos Symeonidis

Faculty-Buenos Aires

 work(802) 443-5538
 Sunderland Language Center

Haralambos Symeonidis, originally from Greece, earned his Ph.D. in Romance Philology from the University of Muenster (Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster), Germany. He is Assistant Professor for Spanish Linguistics at the Department of Hispanic Studies but also professor of the Linguistics Program of the University of Kentucky. His research and publications focus on language contact between Spanish and Amerindian Languages, bilingualism in Paraguay, Linguistic policies/Language and Society in Latin America, Romance Languages and Greek, and Judeo-Spanish. He is co-director - together with Wolf Dietrich (University of Muenster, Germany), Harald Thun (University of Kiel, Germany), and Almidio Aquino (Universidad Evangélica, Paraguay) - of the Linguistic Atlas Project known as ALGR (Atlas Lingüístico Guaraní-Románico) whose objective is to provide answers to a series of linguistic questions concerning the Guaranitic area (Paraguay, Northeast Argentina, and parts of Brazil in the borders of Paraguay).He has published Das Judenspanische von Thessaloniki: Beschreibung des Sephardischen im griechischen Umfeld (2002), Atlas Lingüístico Guaraní-Románico (ALGR-L), Tomo II Léxico-Cuerpo Humano. (Co-editor and Co-director with Wolf Dietrich, Harald Thun, and Almidio Aquino) (2009) and co-edited Dynamik romanischer Varietaten auserhalb Europas - Alte und Neue Romania im Dialog (Co-editor with Silke Jansen) (2009), Geschichte und Aktualität der deutschsprachigen Guaraní-Philologie (Co-editor with Wolf Dietrich) (2008), Guaraní y "Mawetí-Tupí-Guaraní". Estudios históricos y descriptivos sobre una familia lingüística de América del Sur. (Co-editor with Wolf Dietrich) (2006), and Sprache in Iberoamerika. Zum 65. Geburtstag von Wolf Dietrich. (Co-editor with Volker Noll) (2005).



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SPAN 6606A - Intro to Spanish Linguistics      

*Introduction to Spanish Linguistics*
Haralambos Symeonidis This course provides an introduction to Spanish linguistics and establishes the basis for future application of linguistic principles. The course begins with an exploration of the sound system of Spanish and its theoretical representation. Building on this, the discussion continues with topics in Spanish morphology such as word formation and verbal inflection. This is followed by issues in syntax that are analysed in isolation. The goal of this course is to provide students with a level of knowledge that enables them to make connections between the structure of Spanish and relevant issues in contemporary Hispanic linguistics, such as language variation, bilingualism, and Spanish in the United States. Course objectives: Examine various aspects of Spanish linguistics; Explore the theoretical description of Spanish phonology, phonetics, morphosyntax, semantics, and pragmatics; Apply key concepts to linguistic problems and original data; Develop a basic knowledge on Spanish linguistics in order to evaluate in a critical way other linguistic studies and theories in the future. (1 unit) Linguistics

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Buenos Aires 6 Week Session, Summer 2018 Language Schools, Buenos Aires 6 Week Session

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SPAN 6625A - Bilingualism & Lang Contact      


According to René Appel and Pieter Muysken "Bilingualism or language contact in itself is not a scientific discipline. It is an issue, a subject or a field to which various disciplines can contribute. The disciplines can interact or, on the other hand, function independently, because of differing viewpoints, methodologies, or terminologies." (Appel and Muysken 1987: 7-8) Due to the fact that language in society is inherently multifaceted and multidisciplinary, the study of such a complex phenomenon as bilingualism (or multilingualism) cannot be justly limited to traditional or purely linguistic approaches: the fields of syntax, morphology, phonology, and semantics. Therefore, the study of bilingualism includes not only languages in contact, in the most traditional sense, but also entails serious explorations into newer subfields like geolinguistics and language planning, as well as other academic fields such as education, psychology, anthropology, sociology, political science, and law. (1 unit) Language & Stylistics

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Buenes Aires 6 Week Session

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SPAN 6704A - Intro to Sociolinguistics      


This course is an introduction to sociolinguistic theory and its application to issues related to Spanish in the contexts of Spain, Latin America, and the United States. It will focus on both quantitative and qualitative research on language variation and language contact in the Spanish-speaking world. We will discuss basic concepts and principles of contemporary sociolinguistics (language vs. dialect; language variation; mechanism of language change; diatopical variation; social variation; etc. We will also identify and discuss methodologies for sociolinguistic research (participant observation; selection of speech community/speakers; socio-economic variables; taping conversations; collecting, organizing, and analyzing sociolinguistic data). (1 unit) Linguistics

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Buenes Aires 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Buenes Aires 6 Week Session

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SPAN 6749A - Spanish in the World      


In this course we will deal with various aspects related to the Spanish in the world: the Spanish varieties in the Spanish speaking world – for example Spanish in the USA – but also the expansion of Spanish through the media and the cinema will be an important part of the course. The situation of Spanish together with the other official languages on the Iberian Peninsula but also the language politics in Latin America will be treated in this course. According to the number of its speakers, Spanish is considered the third most spoken language in the world. Although it’s spoken in very distant regions, it provides until now certain uniformity in the standard higher level which allows the speakers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to communicate easily. The most important differences are found in the supresegmental level, which means in the different intonation, a product of the diverse linguistic substracts in the Spanish speaking countries. Another difference is also observed in the lexical diversity which derives from the different evolution of the Spanish language in every region but also from the influence of other languages in the corresponding regions. The orthography and the linguistic norm guarantee the unity of the language; also the necessity of collaboration between the different Language Academies of the Spanish language in order to preserve the unity contributes to the expansion of the literary, scientific, pedagogical, cinematographic, television, communicative, and informatic products. (1 unit)
Required text: Selected materials will be on reserve in the UADE Library or online.
This course is cross-listed with Culture.*

Required text: Selected materials will be on reserve in the UADE Library or online. Civ Cul & Soc Linguistics

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Buenes Aires 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Buenes Aires 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Buenes Aires 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Buenos Aires 6 Week Session, Summer 2018 Language Schools, Buenos Aires 6 Week Session

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School of Spanish
Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
Fax: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
School of Spanish
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

7-week Program
Holly Stark, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5538

Graduate Program
Audrey LaRock, Coordinator

P: 802.443.5539