Haverford College
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The course will move from exploring the broad issues of identity and language to considerations of the specific outcomes of policies and educational practices. We will discuss the role of language in nation-building and in the construction of national identity in general (touching on the nationalist movements in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and reviewing current theories of nationalism), and in relation to Spanish, in particular. Specifically, we will trace the origins and spread of Spanish as the result of imperial and colonialist designs, and contrast the dominance of Spanish with the competing and conflicting speech communities coexisting with it. The course will then examine language policies in post-Franco Spain, and linguistic rights in Latin America, since the post-Independence period. We will end with considerations about Spanish in the future, including its expansion in the United States.