Carlos Benavides

Associate Professor / Chairperson

Foreign Literature & Languages

508-910-6469

508-910-6646

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Liberal Arts 354


Education

1986Universidad Nacional Autónoma de HondurasB.A in Business Administration
1993University of Texas at El Paso M.A in Linguistics
1999University of IowaPhD in Linguistics

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Essentials of aural-oral, reading and writing with intensive drilling on pronunciation, intonation and grammar.

Review of grammar with composition and aural-oral practice. Introduction to Hispanic Culture and civilization through intensive and extensive reading.

A systematic study of Spanish grammar with extensive practice in composition. Recommended for those planning to teach.

Continuation of SPA 301 with additional activities that include discussion and analysis of modern literary works, an introduction to methods and theories used in upper-division analyses of literary and cultural representations, and development of skills in writing research papers in Spanish.

Continuation of SPA 301 with additional activities that include discussion and analysis of modern literary works, an introduction to methods and theories used in upper-division analyses of literary and cultural representations, and development of skills in writing research papers in Spanish.

Spanish for correspondence, investments, law, transportation, banking, administration, personnel, publicity and promotion. Abundant practice in translation and vocabulary. Readings and selections from different fields for comprehension.

Spanish for communication with Spanish-speaking patients and medical professionals in hospitals, clinics, and offices. Practice in the specialized vocabulary that health-care professionals need to interact meaningfully and efficiently with Hispanic patients. Conversation practice in realistic situations through dialogues, interviews, and role-playing.

Introduction to Spanish grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation to native speakers of Portuguese. Emphasis is placed on the lexical and structural differences between Spanish and Portuguese and the deceptive similarities that may lead to miscommunication. The course is designed for students who master Portuguese as a native, heritage or foreign language. Readings, lectures and discussions are in Spanish.

Introduction to Spanish grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation to native speakers of Portuguese. Emphasis is placed on the lexical and structural differences between Spanish and Portuguese and the deceptive similarities that may lead to miscommunication. The course is designed for students who master Portuguese as a native, heritage or foreign language. Readings, lectures and discussions are in Spanish.

Research

Research Interests

  • Hispanic linguistics
  • Morphology, lexical semantics
  • Voseo in Latin America
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Conceptual Structure

Select publications

Carlos Benavides (2015).
Using a Corpus in a 300-level Spanish Grammar Course.
Foreign Language Annals , 48(2), 218-235.

Carlos Benavides (2014).
Lexicalization and Spanish Derivational Morphology
Research in Corpus Linguistics, 2, 1-14.

Carlos Benavides (2010).
El componente semántico Trayectoria y los verbos de movimiento en español.”
Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 28(2), 67-82.

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