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Module

SPA4007 : Spanish and Romance Word analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ian MacKenzie
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To explore how Spanish grew out of proto-Romance (late spoken Latin), by considering (i) the sound changes that have affected the vocabulary and (ii) the associated restructuring of the language’s morphology. A comparative perspective will be adopted, enabling students to see how other Romance languages, such as French, Catalan or Italian, have taken different historical trajectories, having started from the same baseline.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics include:
1.       Changes affecting consonants
2.       Changes affecting vowels
3.       Creation of the modern Spanish noun system
4.       Development of “radical changing verbs”
5.       Where the modern pronouns come from
6.       Development of verb tenses
7.       Changes in inflectional morphology
8.       Syntactic changes

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials94:0036:00Including pre- and post- lecture reading.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous inline
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPA8017Spanish and Romance word structure
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Small group teaching facilitates targeted engagement with key issues on the syllabus, while structured research and reading activities deepen student’s learning, in addition to fostering core research skills and critical thinking.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written Examination1M50-minute multiple choice test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam will test students’ practical ability to analyse and solve problems while under time pressure. It will also test their ability to present an argument in a clear and rational way.

Reading Lists

Timetable