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Spanish MA Reading List


This is intended as a basic, minimal bibliography. In preparing for the MA exams, students should review all readings and lecture notes from relevant courses and should have a solid familiarity with materials on this reading list. As important as the lists of core materials is the list of topics which follow each area.

A. General linguistics and Introductions to Spanish linguistics

  • Hualde, José Ignacio, Antxon Olarrea, and Anna María Escobar. Introducción a la lingüística hispánica.
  • Guitart, Jorge, Francesco D'Introno, and Juan Zamora. Fundamentos de la lingüística española.
  • Croft, William. Typology and universals.
  • Payne, Thomas. Describing morphosyntax.
  • Holm, John. An introduction to pidgins and creoles.

Topics: grammaticalization, morphological processes, form vs function, markedness, language typologies and universals, ergative structures, topicalization, diglossia,  bilingualism, code-switching, language variation and change, pidgins and creoles.

B. Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

  • Schwegler, Armin, Juergen Kempff, and Ana Ameal-Guerra. Fonética y fonología españolas.
  • Alarcos Llorach, Emilio . Fonología española.
  • Canfield, D. Lincoln. Spanish Pronunciation in the Americas .
  • Bowen, J. Donald, and Robert P. Stockwell. Patterns of Spanish pronunciation.

Topics: Major dialect groupings, syllabification, suprasegmental features of Spanish, phonemes and allophones of Spanish, different pronunciations of/s/, analyses and pronunciations of Spanish liquids, yeísmo and rehilamiento, glides.

C. Spanish Syntax and Morphology

  • Gili Gaya, Samuel. Curso superior de sintaxis española.
  • Bosque, Ignacio. Tiempo y aspecto en español.
  • Bosque, Ignacio. Indicativo y subjuntivo.
  • Wheatley, Kathleen. Sintaxis y morfología de la lengua española.
  • Guerrero Ramos, Gloria. Neologismos en el español actual.

Topics: Tense and aspect, mood and modality, gender, word order, subordination, the subjunctive, the passive and se structures, ser and estar, use of object pronouns, use of prepositions, derivational morphemes, modifier placement.

D. Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistics

  • Lipski, John. El español de América.
  • Lipski, John. Varieties of Spanish in the United States.
  • Silva-Corvalán, Carmen. Sociolingüística y pragmática del español.
  • Alvar, Manuel, ed. Manual de dialectología española.
  • Medina López, Javier. Lenguas en contacto.
  • Klee, Carol and Andrew Lynch. El español en contacto con otras lenguas.

Topics: Dialect classification, linguistic features of the principal dialect areas, types of voseo and their distribution, borrowings, substratum influences, connection between Andalusian and American Spanish, settlement history and dialect patterning, dialect atlases and the evolution of dialect studies, sociolinguistic variation, bilingualism, Spanish-English code-switching, language contact, borrowing, creolization.

E. History of the Spanish language

  • Resnick, Melvin. Introducción a la historia de la lengua española.
  • Entwistle, William J. Las lenguas de España: castellano, catalán, vasco y gallego-portugués.
  • Lapesa, Rafael. Historia de la lengua española.
  • Lathrop, Thomas. Curso de gramática histórica española. [The Evolution of Spanish].

Topics: Vowel changes from Latin to modern Spanish, diphthongization and metaphony, lenition, palatalization and the yod, loss of Latin case system, changes in word orders, evolution of future tense structures, creation of new passive voice forms, features of medieval Spanish dialects and the Castilian wedge, the evolution of Spanish sibilants.

F. Language Acquisition and Teaching Spanish

  • Koike, Dale, and Carol Klee. Lingüística aplicada: adquisición del español como segunda lengua.
  • Omaggio Hadley, Alice . Teaching language in context.
  • Krashen, Stephen, and Tracy Terrel. The Natural Method. 
  • Whitley, M. Stanley. Spanish/English contrasts. 

Topics: Teaching methods, curriculum development, communicative and cognitive approaches, task-based instruction, interlanguage and stages in student learning, error correction strategies, input hypothesis, learning and acquisition, learner strategies, affective filter, fossilization, interference and transfer, bilingualism.