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Spanish Syntax: Simple Oration

Code: 106368 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2504211 Spanish Language and Literature OB 2 2


Yolanda Rodríguez Sellés

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Yolanda Rodríguez Sellés
Maria Bañeras Carrió


Since the student has shown, by obtaining the credits corresponding to the basic and compulsory training subjects, that he / she has acquired the basic competences, he / she must be able to express himself / herself correctly orally and in writing.
											In the case of written expression, it is understood that the student writes paragraphs with appropriate content. Misspellings, punctuation and speech structure will be taken into account. Fouls will be deducted 0.25 points each.
											The activities, practices and assignments presented in the subject must be original and will not admit, under any circumstances, the total or partial plagiarism of other people's materials published in any support. The student must conveniently explain, according to the uses of the bibliographic documentation, the authorship of all the citations and the use of other people's materials. The possible presentation of non-original material without properly indicating its origin, will automatically cause the rating of suspense (0).
											Similarly, the student is considered to know the general rules for submitting an academic paper. However, you can apply the specific rules that may be indicated by the teacher of the subject, if you deem it appropriate.

Objectives and Contextualisation

This subject is part of the subject Spanish language: synchrony and aims to know and master the procedures that allow the combination of words in more complex syntactic units up to the level of the sentence.
											The different syntactic projections and the principles that govern the formation are studied and the necessary theoretical tools to analyze the syntactic constructions are presented. At the end of the course, students:
											(A) they must be able to identify and describe the syntactic constructions of Spanish and to recognize the
											its structure;
											(B) they must know how to use the tools of syntactic analysis;
											(C) they must have acquired the techniques of syntactic argumentation, and
											(D) they must be able to use the basic bibliographic sources of the Spanish syntax.
											In order to achieve the first three objectives, the students' linguistic competence will be based on and their capacity for reflection will be enhanced so that they will be able to ask themselves scientific questions about the linguistic data.


  • Analyse the main phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical and semantic properties of the Spanish language, its evolution throughout history and its current structure.
  • Develop arguments applicable to the fields of Hispanic literature, literary theory, Spanish language and linguistics, and evaluate their academic relevance.
  • Introduce changes in the methods and processes of the field of knowledge to provide innovative responses to the needs and demands of society.
  • Students can apply the knowledge to their own work or vocation in a professional manner and have the powers generally demonstrated by preparing and defending arguments and solving problems within their area of study.
  • Students must be capable of communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
  • Use digital tools and specific documentary sources to gather and organise information.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire in-depth phonetic knowledge so that it can be applied to other interdisciplinary fields.
  2. Characterise linguistic phenomena taking into account the different levels of analysis.
  3. Describe the phonological system of Spanish on the basis of the distribution, relationships and articulatory and acoustic properties of its elements.
  4. Identify and describe the syntactic constructions of Spanish.
  5. Identify the constituents of a word and the levels at which they operate.
  6. Justify by means of appropriate terminology the analysis of data from a linguistic point of view.
  7. Make linguistic predictions and inferences about the content of a text.
  8. Propose new ways of measuring success or failure in the implementation of proposals or innovative ideas.
  9. Recognise acoustically and articulately the sounds and prosody of Spanish.
  10. Recognise the links between compositional semantics and other disciplines, both linguistic (syntax, lexicology, pragmatics) and non-linguistic (philosophy, logic, mathematics).
  11. Use digital tools to obtain, classify, interpret and analyse relevant data related to the study of Spanish language and literature.
  12. Use the appropriate terminology in the construction of an academic text and in the transmission of their knowledge.
  13. Use traditional sources to obtain, classify, interpret and analyse relevant data related to the study of Spanish language and literature.


1. Syntax.
											2. Phrase structure.
											3. Predication.
											4. The sentece.
											5. The grammatical functions.
											6. The modality and aspect of the sentence.
											7. Types of sentences.
											8. The informative structure of the sentence.
											On the first day of class the teacher will deliver to the students a developed content program.


The learning of this subject by the student is distributed as follows:
											- Directed activities (35%). These activities are divided into master classes and teacher-led practices and seminars, in which the theoretical explanation will be combined with the discussion of all types of texts.
											- Supervised activities (10%). These are tutorials programmed by the teacher, dedicated to the correction and commentary of problems in the different levels of linguistic analysis.
											- Autonomous activities (50%). These activities include both time spent on personal study and conducting reviews, assignments and analytical comments, as well as preparing oral presentations.
											- Evaluation activities (5%). The evaluation of the subject will be carried out through written tests.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Master classes, seminar sessions and teacher-led practices 52.5 2.1 2, 7, 12, 11, 13, 4, 6, 8
Type: Supervised      
Appointments 15 0.6 13, 4, 6, 8
Assessment 6.5 0.26 7, 12, 9
Type: Autonomous      
Assignments and exercises 10 0.4 7, 12, 6
Study of the course's contents 66 2.64 11, 13, 6


1. Continuous assessment

1.1. Criteria for the grading the course

In order to pass the course, after completing the three evaluable activities mentioned above and after applying the percentages indicated above, the student must get a final grade equal or greater than 5. If the final grade is

  • Less than 3.5, the student will get a failing grade.
  • Between 3.5 and 5, the student will be able eligible for re-evaluation.
  • Students will obtain a Not assessed course grade unless the have submitted more than 1/3 of the assessment items.

1.2 Re-evaluation criteria

Students who get a final grade between 3.5 and 5 and who have carried out the three assessable activities mentioned above will be eligible for re-evaluation of the course on the date set by the Faculty. If the re-evaluation test is passed, the final grade for the subject will be 5, regardless of the grades obtained before. Students who have passed the course will not be allowed to re-evaluate to increase their grade.

1.3 Evaluation criteria

In order to pass the exam, mastery of the normative is considered essential; therefore, when evaluating the activities mentioned above, spelling errors, incorrect use of punctuation, lexical errors and morphosyntactic errors will be penalized.

1.4 Review procedure for evaluable evidence

After the publication of the gradingof the evaluable activities mentioned above, the teacher will inform the students through Moodle of the day and time for the review of such activities. 

1.5 Misconduct in assessment activities

In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

 2. Single assessment

Assessment activities


Exam 1


Exam 2


Delivery of homework



Everything established in points 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5 of the previous section is also applicable to the single assessment. The date for the single evaluation will coincide with the date of Exam 2 of the continuous assessment. The teacher will communicate to the student the date for the single assessment through Moodle at the beginning of the course.


Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Exam 1 45% 0 0 1, 3, 7, 5, 9
Exam 2 45% 0 0 1, 12, 11, 13, 5, 8
Participation in class 10% 0 0 2, 13, 4, 6, 8, 10


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Bosque, Ignacio & Demonte, Violeta eds. (1999): Gramática descriptiva de la lengua española. Calpe. 3 vols. Madrid, Espasa.

Bosque, Ignacio. & Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier (2009): Fundamentos de Sintaxis Formal. Madrid, Akal.

Hernanz, Mª. Luisa & Brucart, José María (1987): La sintaxis, I. Principios teóricos. La oración simple. Barcelona, Crítica.

Rodríguez Ramalle, Teresa María (2005): Manual de Sintaxis del Español. Madrid, Castalia.





Does not apply.