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Jason Schroepfer

Jason Schroepfer

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Biography

I started studying Arabic at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in 2003.  A few years later I continued the study of Arabic at U.C. Berkeley where I obtained a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures in 2009.  More importantly, it was during this time period I discovered that I was more drawn towards the field of Linguistics.  Hence, I applied to the Arabic Studies program (with a concentration in linguistics) here at UT and to my surprise I was accepted in 2010! After my first year of graduate study, I was fortunate enough to recieve a Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) fellowship from 2011-2012.  Not only did I use this opportunity to develop my Arabic proficiency, but I also did some field research on upper Egyptian Arabic dialects.  

As for my current project, I am writing my M.A. thesis under the supervision of Dr. Brustad and Dr. Meyers (a phonologist in the Linguistics department). It is titled:  Raḥla Lughawīya fī il-Lahajāt il-Ṣa‘īdīya: A Phonological Approach to Language Contact in Upper Egypt.  The goal of my thesis at this point is to describe certain phonetic and phonological features in the sampled dialects as well as analyzing some of the effects of surrounding language communities on these dialects.  That is the plan so far, but it could change as I get further into my research.  

Concerning my future plans, I intend on sticking it out for the PhD.  So, at this point I plan on continuing future research on Ṣa‘īdī Arabic.  I am not yet sure what specific addition I would like to make to the topic, but I tend to speculate back and forth as to what exactly I want to do. With that said, I am pretty excited about this topic's potential and this is where I am so far in my academic career.

Interests

Arabic dialectology, phonology, language contact, sociolinguistics

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41445 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 900am-1000am MEZ 1.206
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

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