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G R A M Á T I C A A V A N Z A D A
Estructura y variación social
SPAN 302: Advanced Grammar
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Throughout this course, students will analyze in an inductive way the different structures of the Spanish language, conceived from its most basic structures (sounds which give meaning) to its larger structures (its phrases, sentences, and larger discourse). We will encounter that language is situated in society, and therefore, we will not only review the different prescriptivist views on language; that is to say, how we "should" speak the language, but also, the descriptivist approach; how we "actually" speak in an everyday context. Language is indeed a living organism in constant change and adaptation. We will cover specific grammatical points in order to polish your academic writing as well as your speaking communication, including, reviewing the different tenses and moods (preterit/imperfect, subjunctive, etc.), general rules on ser and estar, the use of personal pronouns to denote respect, intimacy, politeness, and more.