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Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Coordinator and Undergraduate Major Advisor

Office Hours – FALL 2017

  • Monday & Wednesday: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Or by appointment

Areas of Interest

I am a linguist. My research focus is on syntax, pragmatics, and their interfaces. I have done work on raising, control, and resumption in Standard and Lebanese Arabic and in South Asian languages. Another topic I have worked on is the syntax and pragmatics of unselected datives – or what I call Attitude Datives – in Lebanese Arabic and neighboring varieties. I am also interested in the phonology/prosodic morphology of Arabic.

 Selected Publications

Books:

  • 2018. The Sociopragmatics of Attitude Datives in Levantine Arabic. Edinburgh University Press.
  • 2011. Control into Conjunctive Participle Clauses: The Case of  Assamese. Mouton de Gruyter.

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • 2018. The Pragmatics-Syntax Division of Labor: The Case of Personal Datives in Lebanese Arabic. In Elabbas Benmamoun and Reem Bassiouney (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics. Routledge.
  • 2017. The Merge Condition on Adjuncts: Evidence from Circumstantial Clauses in Lebanese Arabic. In Hamid Ouali (Ed.), Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XXVIIII. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • 2016. Possessively Construed Dative Constructions in Lebanese Arabic. Brill’s Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Literatures 8: 37-75.
  • 2014. Attitude Datives in Lebanese Arabic and the Interplay of Syntax and Pragmatics. Lingua 145: 65-103.
  • 2013. Pronouns and Intersubjectivity in Lebanese Arabic Gossip. Journal of Pragmatics 49: 57-77.
  • 2011. The Syntax of Southern American English Personal Datives: An Anti-locality Account. Canadian Journal of Linguistics 56(3): 1001-1010.