LINGUIST List 32.148

Fri Jan 08 2021

Calls: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Lang Acquisition, Neuroling, Psycholing/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 08-Jan-2021
From: Ji Young Shim <>
Subject: Experimental Arabic Linguistics Conference 2021
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Full Title: Experimental Arabic Linguistics Conference 2021
Short Title: EXAL 2021

Date: 04-Apr-2021 - 06-Apr-2021
Location: Sharjah (Online), United Arab Emirates
Contact Person: Ji Young Shim
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2021

Meeting Description:

The Department of English and the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies at American University of Sharjah (AUS) will co-host the fourth meeting of the Experimental Arabic Linguistics Conference (EXAL) on 4-6 April in 2021, which will be held online. The aim of EXAL 2021 is to bring various groups of people together who employ experimental methods to study the Arabic language and exchange innovative ideas and approaches to Arabic linguistics. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- L1/L2 acquisition
- Bilingualism, multilingualism, and code-switching
- Arabic in multilingual contexts and heritage language acquisition
- Language pathology, language impairment, and sign language
- Corpus linguistics
- Computational linguistics and NLP
- Psycholinguistic and neurolinguistics studies

There will be two sessions at EXAL 2021. The regular sessions will be held during the first two days (4-5 April, 2021) and the last day of the conference (6 April, 2021) will host a special theme session on Emirati and Gulf Arabic. And the list of the invited speakers for EXAL 2021 is the following.

For the regular sessions (4-5 April, 2021):
- Abdulkafi Albirini (Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies, Utah State University)
- Eric Atwell (Artificial Intelligence for Language, Leeds University)
- Khaled Elghamry (Department of English Language and Literature, Ain Shams University)
- Ali Idrissi (Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Qatar University) and John Drury (School of Linguistic Sciences & Arts, Jiangsu Normal University)
- Reem Khamis-Dakwar (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Adelphi University)

For the special theme session (6 April, 2021):
- Tommi Leung and Dimitrios Ntelitheos (Department of Cognitive Sciences, United Arab Emirates University)
- David Wilmsen (Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, American University of Sharjah)

Registration is free.

Call for Papers: 

We invite abstract submissions for (a) long presentations (25-minute oral presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussion and (b) short presentations (10 minutes and 5 minutes of discussion) for the regular sessions, and also (c) short presentations (10 minutes and 5 minutes of discussion) for the special theme session. All submissions should report original and previously unpublished research. Each author may submit at most one individual and one joint paper. Abstracts including the title and 1-2 keywords should not exceed one page (A4 or Letter size), with a possible second page for examples, figures, and references. Please use 12 size fonts with at least 2.5 cm or 1-inch margins. Abstracts should be anonymous and should be submitted as PDF or Word Documents to

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 January, 2021 Sunday midnight (GMT) 

Notification of Acceptance: 28 February, 2021
Conference Dates: 4-6 April, 2021

Organizing Committee:

Ji Young Shim (chair)
David Wilmsen
Mai Zaki

Page Updated: 08-Jan-2021