Armin Schwegler, originally from Switzerland, received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1987, he has been Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of California, Irvine. His publications include several books and about 50 scholarly articles. He is co-editor of the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages and also the Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana (RILI). Over the past five years he has taught as Visiting Professor at several institutions (Univ. of Costa Rica, Univ. of Amsterdam, Brigham Young University of Utah, etc.) and offered a series of research seminars at various institutions in Cuba and Spain. At UC Irivne, he has been the recipient of two recent "Outstanding Professor of the Humanities" awards.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPAN 6611 - Spanish in Contact Other Langs
Spanish (worldwide) in Contact with Other Languages
This course offers a comprehensive historical, social, and linguistic overview of Spanish in contact with other languages in all of its major contexts---in Spain, the United States, and Latin America. In so doing it explores the historical and social factors that have shaped contact varieties of the Spanish language, synthesizing the principle arguments and theories about language contact, and examining linguistic changes in Spanish phonology, morphology and syntax, and pragmatics. The course first explores the importance of language contact to the evolution of languages. Individual lessons analyze particular contact situations: in Spain, contact with Basque, Catalan, and Galician; in Mexico, Central, and South America, contact with Nahuatl, Maya, Quechua, Aimara, and Guarani; in the Southern Cone, contact with other principle European languages such as Portuguese, Italian, English, German, and Danish; in the United States, contact with English. The course also explores the historical influence of African languages*on Latin American Spanish. An important aspect of this class will be to provide students with the opportunity to /teach/part of the course. The course is thus meant to provide a /practicum/that can serve as stepping stone for students' future career as college or university faculty. Two exams, no written paper. (1 unit)Linguistics
SPAN 6715 - Intro to Spanish Phonetics
Introduction to Spanish Phonetics
This course introduces students to fundamental notions of Spanish phonetics. The course has two main components: (1) the first component zeroes in on the theoretical aspects of articulatory phonetics (how are sounds produced? why and how do English/Spanish sounds differ, what is the phonological system of Spanish, etc.); (2) the second component is of a practical nature, and has as its goal the *elimination of foreign accent* in the students’ Spanish. Two exams plus comprehensive final exam (these exams concern mostly the theoretical aspects of the course). No papers required. The textbook used is authored by Professor Schwegler. (1 unit)
Required texts: Armin Schwegler, Juergen Kempff, A. Ameal-Guerra, Fonética y fonología españolas (Wiley & Sons, 4th ed., 2010).
This course is cross-listed with Professional Preparation for Teachers
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2013
SPAN 6720 - Latin American Spanish
Latin American Spanish
This course offers a survey of Latin American Spanish dialects. The course aims at stating the major historical and sociolinguistic questions posed by Latin American dialectology and the Hispanic sociolinguistics, and to stimulate further inquiry. Dialect variation of Spanish language is the key element that defines Latin America; as such, a close examination of its sociolinguistic history will be of interest to any humanist with a focus on South America, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and even the United States. (1 unit)
Required text: John Lipski, El español de América (Cátedra, 1996).
Reference book available at the college library: Manuel Díaz Campos (ed)., Handbook of Hispanic Sociolinguistics (Wiley/Blackwell, 2011).Linguistics
Summer 2010, Summer 2011