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

Spring 2010


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41690 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ 1.206

Course Description

Levantine Arabic, spoken across a wide area (referred to as bilad ash-sham) and encompassing different political boundaries has several dialects: 1) Lebanese, 2) Syrian, 3) Palestinian and 4) Jordanian Arabic. Dialect areas tend to be identified with urban centers such as Damascus, Amman, Jerusalem, and Beirut. While the focus of the course is the dialect natively spoken by the instructor, namely northern rural Palestinian Arabic, students will be repeatedly exposed to other dialects in this group. The material used will be as authentic as possible and will be given in the Arabic script. The target of this course is to approximate what may be termed as Educated Spoken Arabic.

Grading Policy

Homework and class participation: 50% Two presentions 50% (25% each).


Syrian Arabic available at


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