LINGUIST List 26.1649

Fri Mar 27 2015

Confs: General Linguistics/Qatar

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Date: 27-Mar-2015
From: Mike Grosvald <>
Subject: Linguistics in the Gulf-5
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Linguistics in the Gulf-5
Short Title: LGC-5

Date: 29-Mar-2015 - 30-Mar-2015
Location: Doha, Qatar
Contact: Michael Grosvald
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Title: Linguistics in the Gulf-5 (LGC-5)
Date: 29 March 2015 – 30 March 2015
Location: Doha, Qatar

After the success of the previous four conferences held in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013, the Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Qatar University, is pleased to announce its 5th Linguistics in the Gulf Conference (LGC-5), to be held on March 29-30, 2015.

The aim of this conference is to provide a platform for scholars and professionals whose research interests focus on language in the Gulf region to share their ongoing research and expertise and to promote the study of linguistics in the region. The conference also aims to create opportunities for research collaboration among linguists working in institutions across the region.

Keynote Speakers:

LGC-5 will host two prominent keynote speakers.

Dr. Abdelkader Fassi Fehri is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Linguistics at Mohammed V University Rabat and is the founding President of the Linguistic Society of Morocco. The title of his talk will be “Arabic Ways to be Gendered.”

Dr. 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. He will present a talk called “Arabic Language Ideology: Principles and Applications.”

Contact Person: Dr. Michael Grosvald at

Conference Website:


Linguistics in the Gulf Conference (LGC-5) 29-30 March, 2015
Department of English Literature & Linguistics (DELL) – College of Arts & Sciences

The conference will be held in Auditorium Room 117, in the New Library Building (Building B13), on the Qatar University campus. The university is located several kilometers from downtown Doha.

The conference program is now available:

Day 1: Sunday 29 March, 2015

Dean’s Welcome Speech
Dr. Eiman Mustafawi

DELL Head’s Opening Remarks
Dr. Ali Idrissi

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Abdelkader Fassi Fehri
Mohammed V University Rabat
Arabic Ways to Be 'Gender-ed'

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

Session: Syntax and Historical Linguistics
Chair: Prof. Haifa Al-Buainain

Ghada Alkuwaihes
University of York
A Syntactic Analysis of Vocative Exclamatives in Gulf Arabic

Ahmad Alqassas
Georgetown University
Presuppositional negation in Gulf Arabic

Najib Jarad
University of Sharjah
The Grammaticalization of Posture Verb “yālis” as Progressive Aspect Marker in Emirati Arabic

12:15-1:30 Lunch

Session: Language Production and Perception
Chair: Dr. Tariq Khwaileh

Saleh AlQahtani & Laura Sabourin
University of Ottawa
Syntactic Processing of Subjects in Arabic: Is there a difference between pre/post-verbal processing

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta (New York University Abu Dhabi)
Liina Pylkkänen (New York University Abu Dhabi / New York University)
Bilingual language control: domain general in production but not comprehension?
Evidence from MEG

Mark Scott (United Arab Emirates University)
Ali Idrissi (Qatar University)
Audiovisual perception of geminate vs. singleton in Emirati Arabic

3:00-3:30 Coffee break

Session: Socio-linguistics 1
Chair: Dr. Michael Grosvald

Ahlam Almohissen
Northeastern Illinois University
Hidden concepts beneath Saudi cartoons

Ekab Al-Shawashreh & Stephen Levey
University of Ottawa
Word order variability in spoken Arabic: A comparative sociolinguistic perspective

Amin Almuhanna & Jean-Francois Prunet
Kuwait University
Numeric ethnonymic nicknames in the Gulf

7:00 Dinner

Day 2: Monday 30 March, 2015

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Yasir Suleiman
Cambridge University
Arabic Language Ideology: Principles and Applications

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

Session: Socio-linguistics 2
Chair: Dr. Irene Theodoropoulou


Heba Al-Kababji & Rania Abujazar & Rizwan Ahmad
Qatar University
From Rajjal to Rayyal: Ideologies and shift among young Bedouins in Qatar

Noha Selim & Sara AlQwassimi & Sara Hesari
Qatar University
A sociolinguistic study on dialect shifting in contemporary Bahrain

Murtadha Bakir
University of Jordan
GPA Genesis: The extent of Substratal Influence

12:00-1:30 Lunch

Session: Psycho-linguistics and Neuro-linguistics
Chair: Dr. Vladimir Kulikov

Shereen Elbuy & Hedayah Saeed & Reem Alhawamdeh
Qatar University
Cueing in Impaired Lexical Retrieval of Arabic Nouns after Aphasia: A Single Case Study

Tariq Khwaileh (Qatar University)
Richard Body & Ruth Herbert (University of Sheffield)
A Normative Database and Determinants of Lexical Retrieval for Arabic Nouns

Laura Gwilliams (New York University Abu Dhabi)
Alec Marantz (New York University & New York University Abu Dhabi)
Decomposition of spoken Arabic words into root morphemes during processing

Hala Abdelghany
Queen's College, City University of New York
The Prosody–Syntax Interface and Relative Clause Attachment Ambiguity in Arabic
Sentence Processing

3:30-4:00 Coffee break

Session: Syntax and Saudi dialects
Chair: Dr. Julieta Alos

Muneer Alzahrani
Northeastern Illinois University
On the Syntax of Word Order in some Saudi Dialects: A Minimalist Approach

Thamir Al Barrag
Taif University
Construct State in Hijazi Arabic: A Distributed Morphology Approach

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