Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Thomas Leddy-Cecere

University of Texas at Austin



Sociolinguistics, dialectology, historical linguistics, language contact, pidgin and creole languages; Arabic, North American English


I was born and (proudly!) raised in Strafford, Vermont.  I completed my B.A. at Dartmouth College, where I graduated in 2010 with a double major in Linguistics and Arabic Language & Literature.  Following my graduation, I worked in Dartmouth's Hopkins Center for the Arts as a producer and manager of student ensembles.  During that time, I also continued to work with Dartmouth faculty on research examining the dialectology of Vermont and New Hampshire.  I arrived at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2011 to begin work on a Ph.D. in Arabic linguists, focusing on sociolinguistics and dialectology.


ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40475 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 1.202

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 601C • Intensive Arabic I

40325 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.122

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.


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 student access key 

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


To be provided by instructor. 

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