This course will provide an overview of linguistic aspects of Caribbean varieties of Spanish including, but not limited to Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, Venezuelan, Colombian and Costa Rican Spanish. We will also investigate linguistic features of Caribbean Creoles such as Palenquero (spoken in San Basilio del Palenque in Colombia) as well as Papiamento (Aruba) and Papiamentu (Bonaire/Curaçao). We will often take into consideration how African diaspora has affected these different varieties. Finally, we will consider varieties of Caribbean Spanish spoken in the U.S., paying special attention to Caribbean Spanish spoken in New England, an area that is currently quite under researched. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities involving the Caribbean Spanish-speaking community in Holyoke and Springfield.