ARA 322K • LEVANTINE ARABIC
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
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.
Homework and class participation: 50% Two presentions 50% (25% each).
Syrian Arabic available at syrianarabic.com