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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41975 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Course Description

The course will survey: Arabic dialects and dialect areas - regional, communal, and socio-economic; theories on the origins of Arabic dialects: pre-Islamic dialects, pre-Islamic and post-Islamic koines; Middle Arabic; features unique to the dialects and the Fus-ha. It will also introduce students to modern Arabic dialect studies: bibliographies, surveys, cross-dialect overview studies, and cross-dialect studies of specific linguistic features. The core of the course will be a comparative study of dialects today with respect to the following, among others: sounds and sound classes (e.g. interdentals, uvulars, affricates); velarization (tafxim and tarqiiq);epenthesis; vowel elision (low and/or high vowels); consonant clusters; stress; bound and free pronouns; subject markers; prefixes (include. taltala) and suffixes; gender and number; verb stem alternations; ablaut; glides in initial, medial, final positions; sentence types; voices; negation; syndetic and asyndetic constructions (in relative, Haal, and noun clauses); phrases: verb, noun, preposition phrases; verb semantic classes; tenses and aspects; uses of the active participle; adverbials.

Grading Policy

Oral and written reports 40% Mid-term and final papers 35% Annotated bibliography 25%


No prescribed textbook. Assignments will be given from various sources on Arabic dialects and dialect studies in Arabic and Englsish, including books, articles, and reports.


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