LINGUIST List 24.1260

Wed Mar 13 2013

Calls: Arabic, General Linguistics/Morocco

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Date: 13-Mar-2013
From: Abdellah Chekayri <>
Subject: 6th International Arabic Linguistics Symposium
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Full Title: 6th International Arabic Linguistics Symposium
Date: 27-Jun-2013 - 28-Jun-2013 Location: Ifrane, Morocco Contact Person: Abdellah Chekayri
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard

Call Deadline: 30-Mar-2013

Meeting Description:

The Arabic Linguistics Society and Al-Akhawayn University are pleased to announce the 6th International Arabic Linguistics Symposium to be held at Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, June 27-28, 2013.


ALS membership: Students $35; Non-students $50
Registration: Non-residents of Morocco $120; Residents of Morocco $60

Keynote Speakers:

Abdelkader Fassi Fihri, Professor Emeritus, Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco

Pr Abdelkader Fassi Fehri was the first to introduce the study of generative grammar at Mohammed V University in Fes, then Rabat, in 1972, and he managed to organize the 20th GLOW Conference in Rabat in 1997. As a Chair of Arabic and Comparative Linguistics and Doctoral Studies, he supervised a substantial number of PH.D and MA theses, and has contributed to training many professors in Moroccan and Arab universities. As a language planner, he was a Director of IERA (the Institute for the Study and Research on Arabization), a member of the Royal Commission for the Reform of Education (COSEF), and active member of many leading Arabic Initiatives (he is a founding member of the AOT, the Arabic Organization of Translation, member of the Arabic Thought Foundation Inititative li-nanhad bi-lughatina, member of the Board of the Historical Arabic Dictionary Project in Doha, and active member of Arabic Academies and planning centers). Founding and Acting President of the Linguistic Society of Morocco since 1986, he was awarded the Highest Merit Prize of Science and Culture of Morocco in 1992, and the King Faisal International Prize in 2006. He published numerous books and articles in Arabic, English, and French. To name a few, Issues in the Structure of Arabic Clauses and Words, Kluwer 1993, Key Features and Parameters in Arabic Grammar, John Benjamins 2002, A trilingual Lexicon of linguistic Terms, Beyruth 2009, Al-lisaaniyaat wa-llughah l-cArabiyyah, Tubqal 1985 (six editions).

Keith Walters, Professor and Chair in the Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University, Oregon USA

Keith Walters is currently Professor and Chair in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon USA, where he has taught since 2006. Prior to that time, he taught in the Linguistics Department of the University of Texas at Austin (1991-2006) and in the English Department at Ohio State University (1988-2001). From 2003-2008, he served as treasurer for the American Institute for Maghrib Studies. Much of Keith's research has focused on issues of language and identity in the Arab world and more particularly Tunisia, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English as a Foreign Language from 1975-77. His publications on language in the Arab world have appeared in International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Language in Society, and Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics, among others. He is also the co-author of two widely used college-level writing textbooks.

Yasir Suleiman (To be confirmed), Director of the Centre of Islamic Studies, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa’id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge

Professor Yasir Suleiman is the Director of the Centre of Islamic Studies, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa’id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies, and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. His research covers the cultural politics of the Middle East with special focus on identity, conflict, diaspora studies and modernisation in so far as these issues relate to language, modern Arabic literature, translation and memory. He also conducts research in Arabic grammatical theory and the Arabic intellectual tradition in the pre-modern period.

2nd Call for Papers:

Papers are invited on topics that deal with theoretical and applied issues of Arabic Linguistics. Research in the following areas of Arabic linguistics is encouraged:

- Linguistic analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics)
- Sociolinguistics
- Psycholinguistics
- Discourse analysis- Historical linguistics
- Corpus linguistics
- Computational linguistics
- Language acquisition
- Neurolinguistics

Persons interested in presenting papers are requested to submit a one-page abstract giving the title of the paper, a brief statement of the topic, and a summary clearly stating how the topic will be developed (the reasoning, data, or experimental results to be presented). Authors are requested to be as specific as possible in describing their topics and to adhere to the one-page requirement.

Abstract Submission:

To submit an abstract, please go to the following link, click Abstract Submission then follow the instructions to upload a .pdf file of your abstract:

You will receive an email afterwards indicating that your abstract has been successfully submitted. Please note that, unlike in previous years, submitting abstracts by email will not be accepted. All abstracts should be submitted in English. Names are not to appear on the abstracts. Proposals of studies that have not been conducted are not accepted. You will be asked to provide this information with your submission. Should you face any problem submitting your abstract via the above link, please contact ALS Organizers Dr. Reem Khamis-dakwar (

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