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LINGUIST List 25.353

Tue Jan 21 2014

Confs: Arabic, General Linguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Jan-2014
From: Youssef Haddad <yahufl.edu>
Subject: 28th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics
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28th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics
Short Title: ALS28

Date: 13-Mar-2014 - 15-Mar-2014
Location: Gainesville, FL, USA
Contact: ALS28 Organizers
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/yah/ALS28.xhtml

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard

Meeting Description:

The Arabic Linguistics Society together with the University of Florida’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Department of Linguistics, and Smathers Libraries are pleased to announce the 28th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics to be held at The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, March 13-15, 2014.

Keynote Speakers:

Naima Boussofara - The University of Kansas
Lina Choueiri - American University of Beirut
Niloofar Haeri - Johns Hopkins University
Janet Watson - University of Salford, Manchester


Arabic Linguistics Society membership: $35 for students and $50 for non-students (required of all presenters who are not members of the Society)
To pay online, please go to https://sites.google.com/site/alsmembershipdues/.

Registration Fees:

Through February 13, 2014: $35 for students and $60 for non-students
After February 13, 2014: $45 for students and $70 for non-students

To register on line, please go to http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/yah/ALS28.xhtml and go to Registration.

For further inquiries regarding the Arabic Linguistics Society, please contact the ALS Executive Director Mushira Eid at mushira.eidutah.edu .

The event is co-sponsored by the Arabic Linguistics Society and University of Florida.

We thank the following UF constituencies for their generous support:

The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
The Office of Research
The International Center
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
The Linguistics Department
George A. Smathers Libraries

All Panels will be located in Smathers Library East – 1st Floor – Room 1A

Symposium Website:



Thursday, March 13, 2014

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15 Welcome/Opening Remarks

Session 1: Syntax 1 Chair: Eric Potsdam

Explaining Serial Verb Constructions Without Constructions
Hamid Ouali and Juman Al-Bukhari, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Fin, Force, and Complementiser Agreement in Arabic
Osama Omari, Yarmouk University, Jordan, and Phil Branigan, Memorial University, Canada

The Syntax of Fragment Answers: Evidence from Egyptian Arabic
Usama Soltan, Middlebury College

Cyclic-Spell-Out Derived Agreement in Arabic Raising Constructions
Youssef A. Haddad, University of Florida, and Susi Wurmbrand, University of Connecticut

11:15-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 Keynote Address
The 'Locative Paradigm' in Arabic
Lina Choueri, The American University in Beirut, Lebanon

12:30-1:45 Lunch

Session 2: Sociolinguistics Chair: Youssef Haddad

Comparing Children's Variable Language to Their Parents: Is It Acquisition or More?
Rania Habib, Syracuse University

L1-English Tense-Lax Vowel System Influence on L2-Arabic Short and Long Vowel Learning
Zafer Lababidi and Hanyong Park, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

[gahwa] ~ [Ɂahwa]: Examining the Uvular Stop (q) in the Arabic of Gaza City
William Cotter, University of Essex, England

3:15-3:30 Coffee Break

The Grammaticalization of the Motion Verb rāħ as a Prospective Aspect Marker in Levantine Arabic
Najib Jarad, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

How Regional Features in Arabic Become Sectarian Features: Jordan as a Case Study
Enam Al-Wer, University of Essex, England, Uri Horesh, Northwestern University, Bruno Herin, INALCO, Paris, Maria Fanis, Ohio University

4:30-5:30 Keynote Address
What Can the Salat Teach Us About Language?
Niloofar Haeri, Johns Hopkins University

Friday, March 14, 2014

Session 3: Sociolinguistics/Corpus Linguistics Chair: Amel Khalafaoui

Verb System in Mixed Styles of Arabic in Egypt
Malgorzata Kniaz, Jagiellonian University, Poland

A Corpus-Based Analysis of Three Arabic Adversative Conjunctions in a Current Egyptian Newspaper
Shaemaa Essa, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Building and Analyzing a Bilingual, Biscriptal Corpus for Arabic and English Mixed Texts Online
Robert Bianchi, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break

Written vs. Spoken: An Analysis of Moroccan Arabic-French Codeswitching in Different Modes
Rebekah Post, The University of Texas at Austin

10:45-11:45 Keynote Address
Naima Boussofara, University of Kansas

Business Meeting
Arabic Linguistics Society

Session 4: Phonology & Phonetics Chair: Caroline Wiltshire

Stress and Syllable Repair in Egyptian Arabic
Elijah Reynolds, Indiana University

Examining Feature Economy in Arabic Dialects
Cheng-Wei Lin, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

On the Status of Derived Affricates in Arabic Dialects
Stuart Davis and Dua’a Abu-Alhija Mohajna, Indiana University

2:30-2:45 Coffee Break

The Prosodic Structure of First Words in Arabic
Eman Abdoh, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

The Phonetics of Stress and Accent in Tunisian Arabic
Nadia Bouchhioua, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of La Manouba, Tunisia

3:45-4:45 Keynote Address
Phonation categories in Arabic and Modern South Arabian
Janet Watson, University of Leeds

6:00-9:00 Reception

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Session 5: Syntax 2 Chair: Brent Henderson

On LF-PF Match in Sason Arabic
Faruk Akkus, Boğazici University, Turkey

On the Locus of Negation and NPI Licensing in Jordanian Arabic
Ahmad Alqassas, Georgetown University

The Syntax of Negation in Contact Contexts: The Case of Sason Arabic
Faruk Akkus, Boğazici University, Turkey, and Elabbas Benmamoun, University of Illinois

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break

Session 6: Language Acquisition Chair: Rania Habib

Acquisition of Syntax-Semantics Interface in the Definite Marker in Nouns and Noun Phrases
Mahmoud Azaz, University of Arizona

A Pilot Study on the Interface Hypothesis for Syntax and Semantics of Heritage Speakers of Levantine Arabic
May Ahmar and Ignacio Montoya, Columbia University/Graduate Center-CUNY

Language Learning in Heritage and Non-Heritage Adult Learners of Arabic: An ERP study
Reem Khamis-Dakwar, Adelphi University, and Karen Froud, Teachers College, Columbia University

Session 7: Pragmatics & Historical Linguistics Chair: Youssef Haddad

Demonstratives in Tunisian Arabic: Beyond information Status
Amel Khalafaoui, Florida Atlantic University

Jaffa Palestinian Arabic: A Contemporary and Diasporic Sociolinguistic Analysis
William Cotter, University of Essex, England, and Uri Horesh, Northwestern University

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