The 32nd Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics

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The 32nd Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics is a three-day symposium to be held at Arizona State University on Feb 23, 24 and 25, 2018, on sub-fields in Arabic linguistics.

The main goal of the conference is to bring together like-minded linguistics scholars to share their recent work with the Arabic linguistics community, discuss current issues in Arabic language, and contribute to the Arabic linguistics field. The organizing committee of The 32nd ASAL invited submissions from graduate students, linguistics scholars, as well as other researchers interested in the Arabic language.

There will be presentations/posters from different linguistics sub-fields that discuss various recent theoretical and applied Arabic linguistics issues. Papers will include areas such as syntax, semantics, phonology and phonetics. Other papers cover other related areas of linguistics research:

• Sociolinguistics and dialectology
• Computational linguistics
• Psycholinguistics
• Historical and comparative linguistics
• First/second language acquisition
• Corpus linguistics
• Discourse analysis
• Pragmatics

Keynote Speakers

• Kristen Brustad, University of Texas
• Reem Khamis-Dakwar, Adelphi University
• Usama Soltan, Middlebury College

Dates / Time

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; social dinner 5:30–9 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The 32nd Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics is generously sponsored by ASU and its various units:

• Department of English
• College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC)
• Interdisciplinary Committee on Linguistics (ICOL)
• The Graduate Scholars of English Association
• The Graduate and Professional Student Association
•  Souad T. Ali, founding chair of the Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies, coordinator of Arabic Studies, head of Middle Eastern and Classics Letters and Cultures in SILC

Organizing Committee

• Coordinator: Professor Elly van Gelderen
• Co-chairs: Almutlaq, Mohammed and Alsaeedi Mekhlid
• Publicity and public relations chair: Ibrahim Alaswad
• Members: Haroon Alsager, Mansour Altamimi, Noor Alzubaidi, Jaber Harthi, William Kruger and Neimeh Mousa


This event is free for ASU students; please register on our website and note that dinner on Saturday night is not free and must be paid when registering. Faculty and non-ASU students must pay registration fees and membership to the Arabic Linguistics Society.

For questions and inquiries regarding The 32nd ASAL conference, please contact us at:

Elly van Gelderen
Department of English
Memorial Union Alumni Lounge, room 202
Free registration for ASU students; conference registration and society membership required for others