Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Emilie Durand-Zuniga

Assistant InstructorPh.D. in Arabic Linguistics, UT-Austin

Ph.D. Candidate / Assistant Instructor
Emilie Durand-Zuniga



Sociophonetics, sociolinguistics, dialectology, pedagogy


I became a doctoral student at UT-Austin after obtaining a BA in linguistics and an MA in Arabic Studies. I have many interests both academic and non-academic, and linguistics is the one I have chosen to focus on. I really enjoy teaching, especially foreign languages, and I feel very lucky to be a part of the UT Arabic teaching team, because here we are encouraged to experiment, create and constantly challenge ourselves and our students. I really enjoy coming up with practical ways in which I can make the learning experience a more efficient one both for myself and for others.  

My main research interests lie in Arabic sociophonetics and dialectology. Like many sociolinguists, I feel driven by my curiosity to understand language change. So far my work has focused on the Levant, more specifically Syria and Lebanon, and I intend to continue exploring the ways in which Levantine speakers use language as a social tool. My dissertation is an analysis of how pause affects word-final vowels in an Arabic dialect of the region of Antakya in Southern Turkey. I would also like to incorporate issues of multilingualism in my sociophonetic work. My future research projects include bilingual Turkish/Arabic communities in Southern Turkey, Lebanese and Syrian populations in Brazil, and Maltese.


ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41515 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 2.210

This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.


To be provided by instructor.


Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41146 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am PAR 306

This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.


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


To be provided by instructor. 

Other Courses Taught

STARTALK Arabic, Brigham Young University

Summer 2012: First-year Intensive Arabic. Summer camp for high school students.


UT Austin Summer Language Institute

Arabic Flagship Summer Institute

Summer 2011:  Third-year Intensive Arabic (ARA 531K)


University of Utah

Winter 2008: First-year Arabic


Brigham Young University

Fall 2006/Winter 2007: First-year Arabic

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