Spanish as an International Language Implications for Teachers and Learners

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  • Edition: Bilingual
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-27
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Spanish is spoken in many countries around the world, and like all languages, different forms of Spanish express different levels of formality. Taking these variations in Spanish into account, this books describes the most important linguistic features of the language. The book is an ideal resource for teachers and students of Spanish, and no prior linguistic knowledge is assumed.

Author Biography

Deborah Arteaga holds an MA in French linguistics from the University of Colorado. She received her doctorate in Romance linguistics from the University of Washington, specializing in historical Romance syntax. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in Spanish linguistics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.Lucía Llorente holds degrees in both Hispanic and English Philology from the University of Deusto, Spain, as well as an MA and PhD from the University of Washington. Dr. Llorente is currently an Associate Professor of Spanish at Berry College. Both are widely published authors and have coordinated instructors at the university-level.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Linguistics Perspectives on Spanish in a Pluricentric Society: Who cares How They Speak? Why variation in the Spanish language is important

Chapter Two: ¿Pescado o pehscado? The sounds of Spanish in all their variety

Chapter Three: ¿Dicen o decís? Variation in the forms of Spanish

Chapter Four: ¿Frijol o habichuela? Spanish lexical variety: Potential and pitfalls

Chapter Five: They said haiga in El Mio Cid? The history of Spanish as a window into variation

Chapter Six: Textbooks and Tips: How to use and enhance available resources in the university-level class

Chapter Seven: Putting it all together: Linguistics and variation in the Spanish language

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