Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Frederick G Hensey


Professor Emeritus

Frederick G Hensey

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Interests


Language contact, codeswitching, translation and interpretation theory.

Biography


Fritz Hensey is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in areas of linguistics and translation studies.  He teaches  historical linguistics and sociolinguistics as well as translation and interpretation and has lectured and given workshops in translation and interpretation in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Taiwan.   In the area of sociolinguistics he is concerned with language rights and language issues typical of our region and of several countries of immigration, particularly in legal, medical, and social-service-areas.  I encourage my undergraduate students to learn bilingual communication skills both for vocational purposes and for linguistic enhancement. Recent areas of research:   codeswitching in Latino prose fiction and  the training of bilingual mental health workers.  

Courses


SPN 327G • Adv Grammar And Composition I

46465 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM MEZ 2.102

Study and practice of Spanish grammar, focusing on grammar points of particular concern to English speakers. Includes oral exercises and guided composition.

SPN 353 • Intro To Hispanic Socioling

46585 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 2.118

Explores the interrelationship of language and society, with reference to the Spanish-speaking world. Studies how socioeconomic, political, and anthropological factors like race, social class, gender, age, and identity influence linguistics forms.

SPN 367K • Translation Prins And Pract

46605 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM WAG 208
(also listed as LAS 370S)

1.            Introduction:  Historical background; modes of interpretation and typical venues; differences between translation and interpretation.  Conference interpreting and liaison interpreting.  A discourse model of interpreting; speaking and hearing roles, talk as text and talk as activity. An overview of professional interpretation in the U.S. and elsewhere. Vocabulary building.  Preparatory exercises: shadowing, décalage (“ear-voice span”), dual tasking, and sight translation.

2.            Liaison interpreting:  Multiple roles of the interpreter in the community and particularly in the medical area, including mental health.  Ethics and protocol.  Observation and criticism of medical interpreters in action.  Community or public-service interpreters (intérpretes sociales) in the U.S. and in other countries.  Case studies.  Techniques of consecutive interpretation with and without notes, The Rozan system of note-taking: principles and typical notes.  Exercises (memory-strengthening, chunking, visualization, etc.) and hands-on practice of  consecutive interpreting of dialogs, both scripted and extemporaneous.  Accelerated consecutive as a transition to the simultaneous mode.

3.            Legal interpreting:  Multiple roles of the legal interpreter.  Interpreting in court and other legal settings (trials, hearings, depositions, etc.).  Observation and criticism of court interpreters in action.  Practice of simultaneous interpreting.  Choice of modes in different situations and venues.  Use of electronic equipment.  Accelerated consecutive and hands-on practice of both modes with both recorded and live material.  Overview of professional interpreting

LAS 370S • Translation Prins And Pract

40310 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM BEN 1.108

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SPN 327G • Adv Grammar And Composition I

46380 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.120

Study and practice of Spanish grammar, focusing on grammar points of particular concern to English speakers. Includes oral exercises and guided composition.

SPN 345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

46470 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ 2.124

Introduction to the study of the Spanish language through different areas of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and second-language acquisition.

SPN 345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

47155 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM MEZ 1.216

Introduction to the study of the Spanish language through different areas of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and second-language acquisition.

SPN 367K • Interpretation Prins & Prac

47215 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BEN 1.102
(also listed as LAS 370S)

Topic description: Examination of Spanish syntax and style: the study of literary language and style, translation of idiomatic English, free composition, oral expression, rhetoric, and style. Conducted in Spanish.

SPN 345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

46625 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEN 1.126

Introduction to the study of the Spanish language through different areas of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and second-language acquisition.

SPN 383N • Lang Contact, Conflict, Change

46755 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BEN 1.102

TTh 9:30-11:00 AM

DESCRIPTION:

I.  Introduction:  Language and society, major topics in sociolinguistics and sociology of language.  Speech communities, networks, repertoires;  language, dialect, and style;  bilingualism and diglossia;  language contact and language change.  Social and linguistic dimensions of contact and conflict;  language maintenance and shift;  language death.  Micro and macro levels of analysis; quantitative and qualitative approaches.   Case studies. 

II   Applications to the current situation of Spanish as a national language and a second language in the U.S. and as an official or working language in international organizations.  Standardization and change, e.g., in public administration, business, sci-tech, and other fields.  Lexical, phonological, and morphosyntactic variation and representative research procedures.  Discourse and gender.   Case studies.

III  Consequences of contact and conflict (or lack thereof) with indigenous languages of the Americas and elsewhere.  Bilingualism and diglossia, codeswitching, contact vernaculars and other features of stable extensive bilingualism; “Spanglish”.  Critical sociolinguistics and language factors in power relationships.  Language policy and planning and their implementation in public life.  Case studies. 

REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:

Three in-class presentations (25%),  three research papers (75%)

TEXTBOOKS AND/OR CLASS MATERIALS:

Carmen Silva-Corvalán, Sociolingüística y pragmática del español

Sara Thomason,  Language contact:  an introduction

Carmen Silva-Corvalán (ed.) Spanish in four continents

M. McGroarty (ed,),  Language Contact and Change

Supplementary readings

OTHER INFORMATION:  Course is general and comparative.

LAS 370S • Interpretation Prins & Prac

40705 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BEN 1.102

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SPN 345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

47785 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM MEZ 1.216

Introduction to the study of the Spanish language through different areas of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and second-language acquisition.

LAS 370S • Translation Prins And Pract

40987 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 1.126

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LAS 370S • Interpretation Prins & Prac

40075 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.216

Please check back for updates.

SPN 345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

47305 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 8:00AM-9:00AM MEZ 1.216

Introduction to the study of the Spanish language through different areas of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and second-language acquisition.

LAS 370S • Translation Prins And Pract

41150 • Spring 2008
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 1.126

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SPN 345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

48240 • Spring 2008
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.216

Introduction to the study of the Spanish language through different areas of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and second-language acquisition.

SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

49360 • Fall 2007
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.206

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production, representation of sounds and intonation, dialect variation, and comparison with English.

LAS 370S • Interpretation Prins & Prac

40525 • Spring 2007
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 1.126

Please check back for updates.

SPN 327G • Adv Grammar And Composition I

47775 • Spring 2007
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM BEN 1.126

Study and practice of Spanish grammar, focusing on grammar points of particular concern to English speakers. Includes oral exercises and guided composition.

SPN 345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

47825 • Spring 2007
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.216

Introduction to the study of the Spanish language through different areas of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and second-language acquisition.

LAS 370S • Translation Prins And Pract

41415 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.122

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SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

49105 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.206

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production, representation of sounds and intonation, dialect variation, and comparison with English.

LAS 370S • Interpretation Prins & Prac

39770 • Spring 2006
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 1.126

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SPN 345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

47060 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM JES A203A

Introduction to the study of the Spanish language through different areas of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and second-language acquisition.

LAS 370S • Translation Prins And Pract

39480 • Fall 2005
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 4.120

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SPN 327G • Adv Grammar And Composition I

47110 • Fall 2005
Meets MWF 4:00PM-5:00PM CAL 200

Study and practice of Spanish grammar, focusing on grammar points of particular concern to English speakers. Includes oral exercises and guided composition.

LAS 370S • Interpretation Prins & Prac

38190 • Spring 2005
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 1.126

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SPN 345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

45607 • Spring 2005
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM PAR 105

Introduction to the study of the Spanish language through different areas of linguistics such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and second-language acquisition.

SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

45630 • Spring 2005
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM BEN 1.124

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production, representation of sounds and intonation, dialect variation, and comparison with English.

LAS 370S • Translation Prins And Pract

36650 • Spring 2004
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BAT 318

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LAS 370S • Interpretation Prins & Prac

37485 • Fall 2003
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM WEL 3.266

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SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

45040 • Fall 2003
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM BAT 215

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production, representation of sounds and intonation, dialect variation, and comparison with English.

SPN 385L • Conf Crs In Hispan Lit & Ling

45180 • Fall 2003

TBD

LAS 370S • Translation Prins And Pract

36585 • Spring 2003
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM BAT 318

Please check back for updates.

LAS 370S • Interpretation Prins & Prac

37092 • Fall 2002
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM BAT 318

Please check back for updates.

SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

44910 • Fall 2002
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BAT 307

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production, representation of sounds and intonation, dialect variation, and comparison with English.

SPN 385L • Conf Crs In Hispan Lit & Ling

45075 • Fall 2002

TBD

SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

44010 • Spring 2002
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM BAT 307

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production, representation of sounds and intonation, dialect variation, and comparison with English.

LAS 370S • Interpretation Prins & Prac

37495 • Fall 2001
Meets MWF 8:00AM-9:00AM BEN 130

Please check back for updates.

SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

44990 • Fall 2001
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BAT 307

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production, representation of sounds and intonation, dialect variation, and comparison with English.

SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

45005 • Fall 2001
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM WEL 3.266

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production, representation of sounds and intonation, dialect variation, and comparison with English.

SPN 385L • Conf Crs In Hispan Lit & Ling

45135 • Fall 2001

TBD

LAS 370S • Translation Prins And Pract

36320 • Spring 2001
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BAT 307

Please check back for updates.

SPN 385L • Conf Crs In Hispan Lit & Ling

43950 • Spring 2001

TBD

LAS 370S • Interpretation Prins & Prac

37105 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BEN 302

Please check back for updates.

SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

44640 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CAL 323

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production, representation of sounds and intonation, dialect variation, and comparison with English.

LAS 370S • Translation Prins And Pract

36070 • Spring 2000
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CAL 21

Please check back for updates.

SPN 346 • Practical Phonetics

42580 • Spring 2000
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEN 212

Introduction to the study of Spanish phonetics and phonology, focusing on four aspects: mechanisms of sound production, representation of sounds and intonation, dialect variation, and comparison with English.

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