The 37th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics

The Arabic Linguistics Society together with the Long Island university's Department of Speech Language Pathology, in collaboration with CUNY Graduate Center/Lehman College, and NYU, are pleased to announce the 37th Arabic Linguistics Symposium. This event will be held at Long Island University, Brooklyn in Library Learning Center 124 from February 23-25, 2024.

This symposium offers an engaging platform for scholars and researchers to present and discuss theoretical and experimental issues in Arabic Linguistics. Selected papers will cover a diverse range of topics, including but not limited to linguistic analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics), sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, language acquisition, and computational linguistics.

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Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Enam Al-Wer, University of Essex
Dr. Alec Marantz, NYU
Dr. John Drury, CUNY Brooklyn College
Sam Alxatib, CUNY Graduate Center

We are also excited to announce two special panels at the symposium:

Arabic Morphology as a Window into How the Brain Processes Language
Featured panel speakers:
Dr. Samantha Wray (Dartmouth University)
Dr. Suhail Matar (BCBL lab)
Marianne Azar (NYU).

Potential Uses of AI in Linguistic Studies
Featured panel speakers:
Dr. Leila Wehbe (Carnegie Mellon University)
Dr. Julien Dirani (NYU).

The main coordinator of the conference is Reem Khamis from Long Island University.

Join us for this enriching experience at LIU Brooklyn's Library Learning Center 122, as we delve into the latest advancements and research in Arabic Linguistics.

Note: All presenters must be members of the Arabic Linguistic Society. Membership fees are payable to the Arabic Linguistic Society. Membership Payment link:

Symposium Program

Friday, February 23 (LLC 124)


8:00-8:45        Registration and Refreshments


8:45-9:00        Opening Remarks

                        Michael Pantalon- Dean of the School of Health Professions, LIU Brooklyn


9:00-10:00       CLINICAL LINGUISTICS I 

                        Chair: Nelson Moses


9:00-9:30        A longitudinal study of the contribution of a diglossia-centered Arabic literacy intervention in kindergarten on reading skills in the 3rd grade

                        Elinor Saiegh-Haddad, Rachel Schiff, Lina Haj and Ola Ghawi-Dakwar 


9:30-10:00      Morphosyntactic skills in Arabic-speaking children with Autism Spectrum

                        Disorder (ASD): Evidence from error patterns in the Sentence Repetition Task

                        Muna Abd El-Raziq, Natalia Meir and Elinor Saiegh-Haddad


10:00-11:00    Keynote Address 

                        Roots as the Anchor for Distributional Semantics in Arabic and Beyond

                        Alec Marantz


11:00-11:15    Refreshment Break 



                        Chair: Mira Goral


11:15-11:45    Arabic understanding and expressing emotions are vital aspects of language development in children 

                        Reem Khamis, Laila Qanawati, Gubair Tarabeh, Dima Zabalawi and Aya Ali


11:45-12:15    Acquisition of mental state verbs of Palestinian Arabic-speaking children with Autism 

                        Israa Watad and Rama Novogrodsky


12:15-12:45    When prosody meets syntax in Hijazi Arabic gapping

                        Aisha Fuddah, Hammad Alshammari and Hanyong Park


12:45-2:00      Lunch (on your own)



2:00-3:00        Panel I

                        Arabic Morphology as a Window into How the Brain Processes Language

                        Samantha Wray, Suhail Matar, and Marianne Azar


3:00-4:30         CORPUS & DISCOURSE

                        Chair: Ellen Broselow


3:00-3:30        AROSA: A web-mined Arabic corpus for opinion mining and sentiment analysis using subjective predicates 

                        Khaled Elghamry 


3:30-4:00        Ellipsis in Arabic: Using machine learning to detect and predict elided words                          

                        Muhammad Abdo, Damir Cavar and Billy Dickson


4:00-4:30        Plural acquisition in Egyptian Arabic-speaking children: A corpus-based study                          

                        Samantha Ghali, Mira Goral and Heba Salama


4:30-4:45        Refreshment Break 


4:45-5:45        Panel II

                        AI for Arabic Language Research: Obstacles and Opportunities

                        Leila Wehb and Julien Dirani 



Saturday, February 24 (LLC 124)


8:00-9:00        Registration and Refreshments 


9:00-10:30       PHONOLOGY  

                        Chair: Stuart Davis


9:00-9:30        Tongue ultrasound visual feedback for learning Arabic coronal emphatics 

                        Ghada Shejaeya, Kevin Roon and Douglas Whalen 


9:30-10:00      An articulatory investigation of Arabic emphatic and guttural consonants using ultrasound 

                        Amanda Eads, Jodi Khater and Jeff Mielke 


10:00-10:30    An MRI examination of the pharyngeal place of articulation in Arabic

                        Zainab Hermes, Benjamin Lang, Samantha Wray, Haidee Paterson, Osama Abdullah and Alec Marantz 


10:30-10:45    Refreshment Break


10:45-11:45    Keynote Address        

                        Dedialectalisation of Arabic Vernaculars as a Byproduct of Koineisation 

                        Enam Al-Wer 


11:45-1:15      SOCIOLINGUISTICS

                        Chair: Amel Khalfaoui


11:45-12:15    Stylized performance of “mock Berber” in a Moroccan stand-up comedy talent show

                        Atiqa Hachimi and Gareth Smail 


12:15-12:45    Unraveling the linguistic outcomes of contact: Insights from Arabic/English bilingualism 

                        Yasmine Abou Taha and Stephen Levey 


12:45-1:15      A core meaning for the discourse marker rāɦ in Egyptian Arabic

                        Michael White 


1:15-2:15        Catered Lunch and Business Meeting 



2:15- 3:15       POSTER SESSION


1. A Morphology-Driven Theory of Agree: Unlocking Agreement Variation in Standard Arabic

Aya Halabi

2. The Cophonology by Ph(r)ase Framework (CBP): Evidence from t-liaison in Palestinian-Jordanian Arabic (PJA)             

Mahmoud Alawneh 

3. Expressive Arabic Text-to-Speech               

Khaled Elghamry, Muhammad Abdo and Attia Youseif

4. The Integration of English Loan /p/ into Palestinian Arabic                       

Nour Tamim and Silke Hamann 

5. Acquisition of Noun-Adjective Agreement in Modern Standard Arabic as an L2

Halimah Alalawi and Cynthia Lukyanenko 

6. Paradigm Regularization in Iraqi Arabic Hollow Verbs in Forms 7-10                    

Maimoonah Naji 

7. Putting the Linguist’s Rules to Work                       

Salam Khalifa, Mohammadsadegh Ghalayani, Ellen Broselow, Robert Hoberman, Jordan Kodner, Seyed Abolghasem Mirroshandel and Owen Rambow 

8. Policymakers' Perceptions and Ideologies Toward Teaching Saudi Dialect in Modern Standard Arabic Classrooms                    

Mughram Alshehri 

9. Non-final Superheavy Syllables in Non-Bedouin Qassimi Arabic               

Abdullah Alzaaq 

10. Sentence Comprehension Deficits in Moroccan Patients with Probable Alzheimer´s Disease Mounia El Jaouhari, Mira Goral, Najib Kissani and Samir Diouny


3:15-4:15        Keynote Address

                        On the Universal Perfect in Palestinian Arabic                       

                        Sam Al Khatib 


4:15-5:45          NEGATION 

                        Chair: Hamid Ouali


4:15-4:45        Hijazi Arabic muu: Beyond mere negation

                        Aisha Fuddah 


4:45-5:15        A semantic analysis of differential object marking

                        Aya Zarka 


5:15-5:45        Arabic resumptive pronouns in the diglossic grammar

                        R. Muralikrishnan, Danya Abu Nejim, Shouq Al-Kaabi and Ali Idrissi


6:00-7:30        Banquet Dinner Featuring Musical Performance by Zafer Tawil 



Sunday, February 25 (LLC 124)


8:00-9:00        Registration and Refreshments 


9:00-11:00       PHONOLOGY

                        Chair: Samantha Wray   


9:00-9:30        Sonority and coda syllabification in Arabic

                        Mohamed Embarki and Jonathan Owens 


9:30-10:00      Converging evidence for similarity avoidance in Arabic

                        Ali Idrissi, Rawdha Al-Hajri and Yousri Marzouki 


10:00-10:30    Quadriliteral comparatives in Arabic

                        Dua Elhija and Stuart Davis


10:30-11:00    Voicing and distance-based sibilant harmony in Moroccan Arabic

                        Ali Nirheche


11:00-11:30    Refreshment Break


11:30-12:30    Keynote Address

                        Attending (or Not) to Diacritics in Arabic Visual Word Recognition 

                        John Drury and Ali Idrissi


12:30-1:30      NEUROLINGUISTICS

                        Chair: Suhail Matar


12:30-1:00      Affix semantic typicality facilitates word processing: MEG evidence from Arabic                         

                        Marianne Azar and Alec Marantz


1:00-1:30        The role of memory consolidation in learning Semitic-like words

                        Niveen Omar, Tamar Keren-Portnoy and Ghada Khattab


1:30– 1:45       Closing Remarks 

                        Reem Khamis, Professor and Academic Director of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department


Contact Information

For any inquiries related to the ALS Conference, please feel free to reach out through the following channels:

General Queries

Email us at the ALS Conference official email:

Specific Inquiries to the Main Host

Contact Dr. Reem Khamis directly at
We welcome your questions are here to assist with any information you may need regarding the conference

Map & Directions


LIU Brooklyn
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, New York 11201-8423

Public Transportation

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By Subway: 
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By Car: (Parking is available on DeKalb and on Flatbush Avenues)

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Via Manhattan Bridge
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To return to Manhattan via the Manhattan Bridge 
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- via the Brooklyn Bridge, proceed on DeKalb Avenue, turn right on Flatbush Avenue then left on Tillary Street. The entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge will be on your right.

To return to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Queens-bound 
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To return to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Brooklyn- or Staten Island-bound 
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Hotel Information

Several hotels and guest housing centers will be available for the 37th annual Arabic Linguistics Symposium.  Make sure to book your hotel reservation as early as possible.


1.    Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown:

Located just 0.4 miles from the conference venue. 


A block of 25 rooms reserved for conference attendees.


Special Group Rates for Conference Attendees:

Standard King Bed Rooms: $130.00 per night, plus tax. Total cost per night is $152.67 (includes 14.75% tax and $3.50 city tax).

Rooms with Two Double Beds: $160.00 per night, plus tax. Total cost per night is $187.10 (includes 14.75% tax and $3.50 city tax).

Included Amenities:

Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the main lobby, and  complimentary high-speed wireless internet access.

These special rates and convenient amenities make the Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown an excellent choice for conference attendees seeking comfort and proximity to the event.


2.    Aloft New York Brooklyn:

A modern and stylish hotel located 0.2 miles from the conference venue 

Website: Aloft New York Brooklyn (


3.    Hotel Indigo 

A boutique hotel located 700 feel from the conference venue. 20% discount is offered to the conference attendees 

Website: Hotel Indigo



4.    Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown 

An IHG Hotel located 0.6 miles from the conference venue. 20 rooms are blocked for this conference and 13% off.

Website:  Holiday Inn (


5.    Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel 

Located 700 feet from the conference venue