Skip Navigation
UW-Milwaukee Logo

23rd Annual Symposium On Arabic Linguistics

An open forum for scholars interested in
the application of current linguistic
theories and analysis to Arabic
April 3-5, 2009

Sponsored by:

College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
The Arabic Linguistics Society

Conference Program

Friday Morning 4/3/2009

Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Dr.
8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-9:00 Opening Remarks
9:00-9:30 Probability Matching and Arabic Morphology (Abstract pdf 20kb)
Mary Ann Walter
Northwestern University
9:30-10:00 Early Development of VSO and SVO word orders in Palestinian Arabic (Abstract pdf 13kb)
Reem Khamis-Dakwar
Adelphi University
10:00-10:30 Agreement and Plural features in Heritage Arabic Speakers (Abstract pdf 14kb)
Abbas Benmamoun, Abdulkafi Albirini, Eman Saadah, & Silvina Montrul
University of Urbana-Champaign
10:30-10:45 Break
Cognitive Linguistics
10:45-11:15 A cognitive explanation for communicators' avoidance of ambiguous forms: The case of the Tunisian Arabic demonstrative haĆ°a (Abstract pdf 56kb)
Amel Khalfaoui
University of Minnesota
11:15-11:45 Inter- and intra-language variation among Palestinians in Israel (Abstract pdf 14kb)
Uri Horesh
Franklin & Marshall College
11:45-12:15 The Grammatical Constraints of Integrated Hebrew Lexemes (Abstract pdf 13kb)
Martin Isleem
University of Texas at Austin

Friday Afternoon 4/3/2009

Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Dr.
Speech Processing and Speech Production
2:30-3:00 Speech Errors in Tunisian Arabic (Abstract pdf 15kb)
Nadia Hamrouni 
University of Arizona
3:00-3:30 Stress a perceptual unit in Cairene spoken Arabic (Abstract pdf 19kb)
Rajaa Aqil
Georgia Institute of Technology
3:30-4:00 Sex differences in VOT production of A/E bilingual Children (Abstract pdf 13kb)
Eman Saadah  
University of Illinois
4:00-4:15 Break
4:15-4:45 A Unified Account of Intensive Verbs (Abstract pdf 49kb)
Samira Farwaneh
University of Arizona
4:45-5:15 The Phonology of Classical Arabic Meter (Abstract pdf 14kb)
Gregory Key  
University of Arizona
5:15-5:30 Break
5:30-6:30 Keynote Address
What can different theories of language tell us about Arabic dialect phonology? And what can Arabic phonology tell us about theory? (Abstract pdf 27kb)
Ellen Broselow
Stony Brook University–SUNY

Saturday Morning 4/4/2009

Union Fireside Lounge, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
9:30-10:00 Avoidance of Colloquial Arabic in Writing Formal Fusha (Abstract pdf 30kb)
Alexander Magidow  
University of Texas at Austin
10:00-10:30 Registers of Arabic, Prestige and Performance (Abstract pdf 14kb)
Kristen Brustad
University of Texas at Austin
10:30-11:00 Break
Computational and Historical Linguistics
11:00-11:30 Improving the Automatic Diacritization of Arabic (Abstract pdf 34kb)
Khaled Elghamry & Christian Hettick
University of Florida
11:30-12:00 The Morpheme /-in-/ in Central Asian Arabic (Abstract pdf 53kb)
Kerith Miller
University of Arizona

Saturday Afternoon

Union Fireside Lounge, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
2:00-2:30 The Syntax of Negation in Kuwaiti Arabic and Moroccan Arabic (Abstract pdf 38kb)
Abbas Benmamoun & Khawla Aljenai
University of Illinois & Kuwait University
2:30-3:00 Mood Feature as Case Licensor in Modern Standard Arabic (Abstract pdf 27kb)
Tommi Leung
United Arab Emirates University
3:00-3:30 On the syntax of wh-questions in Egyptian Arabic (Abstract pdf 25kb)
Usama Soltan
Middlebury College
3:30-3:45 Break
4:00-4:30 Revisiting the Theory of 9aamel (Abstract pdf 20kb)
Mohammad Mohammad
University of Texas at Austin
4:30-5:00 Agreement Asymmetries and Word Order in Iraqi Arabic (Abstract pdf 14kb)
Murtadha Bakir
University of Qatar
5:00-5:15 Break
5:15-6:15 Keynote Address:
Arabic pronoun varieties, agreement, and binding (Abstract pdf 11kb)
Abdelkader Fassi Fehri
Mouhamed V University, Rabat

Sunday Morning 4/5/2009

Union Fireside Lounge, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
9:00-9:30 On the Extraction of Attributive Adjectives (Abstract pdf 37kb)
Yaron McNabb and Christopher Kennedy
University of Chicago
9:30-10:00 The verb kan“be” in Moroccan Arabic (Abstract pdf 17kb)
Nizha Chatar-Moumni 
Universite Paris Descartes
10:00-10:15 Break
10:30-11:00 Linguistic Variation in the City of Zgharta, Northern Lebanon (Abstract pdf 33kb)
Charles Joukhadar
University of Texas at Austin
11:00-11:30 Speaker variation in the speech of rural migrants to Hims (Abstract pdf 23kb)
Rania Habib
Syracuse University
11:30-12:00 Palestinian and American Phone Conversation Openings: Potential for Intercultural Miscommunication (Abstract pdf 18kb)
Nagham Awadallah
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  1. The Formation of Arabic Passive Verbs (Abstract pdf 51kb)