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Module Title LH Uniformity and diversity in the Iberian-Romance speaking world
SchoolLan, Cult, Art Hist & Music
Department Modern Languages
Module Code 09 30744
Module Lead Alice Corr
Level Honours Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-10 hours
Guided independent study-80 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description Ever wondered how many different types of Spanish or Portuguese are spoken across the world? Why Spanish and Portuguese look so similar written down, but sound completely different? Are Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese two languages or one? Where do the varieties spoken in Africa and Asia fit in? Why, if they all come from Latin, do Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Galician "count" as languages, but lesser-spoken varieties like Asturian or Aragonese are sometimes called dialects instead of languages?

This task-based module will explore the linguistic diversity of the Iberian-Romance language family—that is, the group of modern-day descendants of Latin as originally spoken on the Iberian Peninsula—in search of the linguistic ‘blueprint’ that unites its languages and dialects. Through practical sessions, students will analyse a range of Iberian-Romance varieties, learning to identify the key linguistic characteristics of this family as a whole, as well as the key linguistic characteristics of each variety individually. Students will develop STEM skills by taking a scientific approach to the study of language, whilst simultaneously deepening their understanding of the linguistic behaviour of their specialist language(s)—i.e. Spanish, Portuguese or Catalan—within the language’s broader linguistic and socio-historical heritage. By the end of the module, students will thus be equipped with the evidence and skills to contribute to popular and academic debates about language and combat misconceptions surrounding issues such as community languages, linguistic diversity, and multilingualism.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • identify and analyse key characteristics of the Iberian-Romance language family, and differences between the individual linguistic varieties (languages/dialects) of which the family is composed.
  • analyse critically data and issues related to language, and the Iberian-Romance languages in particular, through the use of ‘STEM’ skills (hypothesis formulation and evaluation; evidence-based analysis, argumentation and problem-solving).
  • contextualise the linguistic identity of their specialist language through comparison with the wider family’s linguistic identity and according to the social conditions in which that language came about.
  • articulate and approach problems within a scientific framework, and take steps to resolve issues using the scientific method, including challenging existing narratives and misconceptions about language in the public consciousness.
Assessment 30744-01 : 1,000 word linguistic exercises : Coursework (50%)
30744-02 : 1,000 word report : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
1000-word set of linguistic exercises on Iberian-Romance varieties, written in English (50%)
1000 word report in English on the characteristics and status of an individual Iberian-Romance variety (50%)

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