Introduction to Linguistic Analysis of Spanish Texts

lrom1281  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to Linguistic Analysis of Spanish Texts
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Basanta Romero Valdespino Almudena (compensates De Cock Barbara);
LFIAL1170 Fundamentos del español moderno I and LROM1180 Fundamentos del español moderno II.

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course focuses on the pronominal paradigm, verb morphology and the syntax of the complex sentence in contemporary standard Spanish.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


By the end of the course and the tutorials, students should be able to:

  • Use correct pronominal forms and verb forms in the sentence and construct correct simple and complex sentences in contemporary standard Spanish;
  • Explain the choice of a certain verb form or syntactic structure in an authentic text (a corpus), using the adequate grammatical and linguistic terminology. To reach this goal, students should be able to analyze the sentence and the constituents from a morphosyntactic point of view (identifying word categories, syntagms, syntactic functions, main propositions and subordinate clauses, and connectors) and to identify the argumentative structure as well as the aspect of the predicate.

As a result, this course combines aims relating to normative (first aim) and descriptive (second aim) grammar. Its goal is to initiate the student to corpus analysis.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.

- Syntactic analysis of standard contemporary Spanish, using the correct terminology.
- Introducing the use of Spanish corpora from a didactic and analytic perspective.
- The consolidation of level B1 by means of syntactic analysis. Introducing some grammatical apects of levels B2 and C1, and the analysis of those grammatical aspects.
Teaching methods
The course will be divided in three parts : group sessions, practice sessions in smaller groups and conversation tables.
The group sessions will focus on the acquisition of the analytical schemes and on the descriptive approach of the data. In addition, a critical reflection concerning the contribution of corpus searches will be included. Student participation is considered the central point of the learning process.
The practice sessions will focus on practicing the analytical strategies.
The students will be required to prepare analytical exercises and corpus searches.
Evaluation methods
-written exam (15/20) : The exam includes linguistic analysis questions concerning fragments of the corpora used in class. The students will have to show their capacity to offer a complete analysis, taking into account the context and using the correct terminology.

-paper written in pairs (5/20) : the calendar and more detailed description will be published on Moodle
Not presenting one of the two parts of the evaluation implies a 0 score for the entire course. For the resit, students who did not pass the written paper in the first session, should resubmit an improved version of the paper. Not presenting one of the two parts of the evaluation (this includes submitting a version of the paper that has not been improved) implies a 0 score for the entire course.

Online resources
Moodle page of the course
Syllabus (disponible chez la DUC)
Gómez Torrego L. Gramática didáctica del español. Madrid: SM.
Buero Vallejo A. El tragaluz. Madrid: Austral. (corpus)
Valdeón J., Pérez J., Juliá S. Historia de España. Espasa Calpe. (corpus)
Le syllabus mentionne au début de chaque chapitre de façon informative des références bibliographiques supplémentaires.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in Linguistics

Minor in Spanish Studies