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12/15- [Usa] The Role of Middle Mixed Arabic (conferenza)

Confs: Arabic, Central Semitic, Semitic, Anthropological Ling, Historical Ling, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling, Writing Systems

The Role of Middle/Mixed Arabic in the Standardization of Modern Arabic
Short Title: AIMA 4

Date: 12-Oct-2013 - 15-Oct-2013
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA

Contact: Benjamin Hary
Meeting URL: http://linguistics.emory.edu/home/conferences/aima4/

Linguistic Field(s):
Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Writing Systems

Subject Language(s):
Arabic, Andalusian; Arabic, Egyptian; Arabic, Judeo-Iraqi; Arabic, Judeo-Moroccan; Arabic, South Levantine; Arabic, Standard

Language Family(ies):
Central Semitic; Semitic

Meeting Description:

We are very pleased to invite you to take part in the Fourth International Symposium on Middle and Mixed Arabic, which will be held from Saturday 12 to Tuesday 15 October 2013 at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, USA. After the successful first symposium in Louvain-la-Neuve (2004), the second symposium in Amsterdam (2007), and the third symposium in Florence (2010)1, our university has taken over the task to convene the fourth symposium on the same topic of Middle/Mixed Arabic.

The objectives of the fourth symposium are the same as those of the three preceding ones: To study written varieties of Middle Arabic and Mixed Arabic (MMA) and varieties, particularly oral, of contemporary Mixed Arabic. The main topic of the conference is The Role of Middle/Mixed Arabic in the Standardization of Modern Arabic in its Actual Written/Spoken Use.
The conference theme will deal with questions such as, How is MMA used in contemporary forms of written Arabic? What was the role of MMA in the 'invention' of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)? How are mixed Arabic forms used in contemporary Arabic? How is the Arabic continuum used? How is MMA used in literary classical and modern texts?

Emory University

The Role of Middle/Mixed Arabic in the Standardization of Modern Arabic in Its Actual Written/Spoken Use

All sessions will be held in the Oak Amphitheater, Emory Conference Center.
Registration is $60 for faculty and $30 for students.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chair: Benjamin Hary, Emory University

Opening Ceremony and Dinner

Keynote Speaker, Devin Stewart, Emory University
“Middle Arabic and Speech Genres”

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Chair: Vincent Cornell, Emory University

Opening remarks

Liesbeth Zack, The University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“Middle Arabic in Legal Documents from the Dakhla Oasis (Egypt)”

Johannes den Heijer and Perrine Pilette, Université Catholoique de Louvain,
Louvain-la-Nueve, Belgium
“Dilemmas in Editing Middle Arabic Texts: The History of the Patriachs of
Alexandria as a Case Study”

Lucia Avallone, Università degli Studi Bergamo, Italy
“Mixed Arabic: Stylistic and Sociolinguistic Choices in Contemporary
Egyptian Literature”

Coffee break/Light refreshments

Chair: Sam Cherribi, Emory University

Jérôme Lentin, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales,
Paris, France
“From Ancient Arabic to Modern Standard Arabic through Middle Arabic: The
Case of the Prepositional Phrase Min Qibal”

Arik Sadan, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University in
the Negev, Israel
“Semantic and Syntactic Influences of Middle Arabic and Mixed Arabic on
Modern Standard Arabic”

Gabriel M. Rosenbaum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
“Mixed Arabic as an Essential Element in Literary and Semi-Literary Writing
in Contemporary Egypt”


Chair: Gehane Shehata, Emory University

Elise Franssen, Université de Liège, Belgium
“La Langue des Manuscrits de la Recension Egyptienne des Mille et une Nuits”

Miloud Gharrafi, Université de Toulouse, France
“Le Moyen Arabe dans les Documents Administratifs au Maroc”

Kheira Benlachen, Université d'Oran, Algerie
“Le Parcours de l’Arabe Moyen dans l’enseignement des Sciences Biologiques
en Algérie (1962–2012)”

Coffee break/Light refreshments

Chair: Allal El-Hajjam, Emory University

Francesco Sinatora, Georgetown University, USA
“The Role of Mixed Arabic on Syrian Political Facebook Pages: A Rhetorical

Abedlfattah Nissabouri, Université Rennes II, France
“Notes Sur le Moyen Arabe à Partir de Corpus Marocains”

Maria Angeles Gallego, CSIC, Madrid, Spain
“The Arabic of Andalusi Jews in Grammatical Literature”


Monday, October 14, 2013


Chair: Gordon Newby, Emory University

Gunvor Mejdell, University of Oslo, Norway
“Mixed Arabic of the Written Media”

Anna Belikova, Russia Today TV and Abeer Heider, American University in
Cairo, Egypt
“Arabic Language on TV: Fuṣḥā and Dialect Mixture? Or Something Else?”

Moises Garduño Garcia, School of Political and Social Sciences, National
Autonomous University of Mexico
“The Language(s) of the So-Called Arab Spring”

Shuki Cohen, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA
“The socio-linguistics of Arabic Variants in a Corpus of Palestinian
Suicide Bombers Last Wills”

Coffee break/Light refreshments

Chair: Marjorie Pak, Emory University

Roni Henkin-Roitfarb, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
“Complex Code Switching in Negev Bedouin Students’ Interview Register”

Uri Horesh, Northwestern University, USA
“Phonological Consequences of Contact with Modern Hebrew on the Palestinian
Arabic Dialect of Jaffa: A Variationist Study”

Tsivia Tobi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
“The Italian Component in the Colloquial Judeo-Arabic in Tunisia”


Chair: Rkia Cornell, Emory University

Andreas Hallberg, Lund University, Sweden
“Case Markers in Spoken MSA”

Yosef Tobi, University of Haifa, Israel
“The Influence of the Muslim-Yemeni Ḥumaynī Poetry on Shalom Shabazī's
Judeo-Arabic Poetry (17th Century)”

Mohamed El Ferrane, Université Mohamed V Souissi, Rabat, Morocco
“Le moyen arabe au Maroc, histoire et controverse”

Coffee break/Light refreshments

Chair: TBA

Ofra Tirosh-Becker, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
“Linguistic Characteristics of a 20th Century Algerian Judeo-Arabic Journal”

Tania María García Arévalo, University of Granada, Spain
“The Mixture of Elements in Modern Tunisian Judeo-Arabic: The Case of
Ma‘aseh Sadiqim”

Marie Robache, Université Rennes II, France
“The Complicated Standardization of the Synonymy between the Second and the
Fourth Verbal Forms in Modern Arabic of the Press Through the Study of Some
Mixed Forms”


Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Chair: Scott Kugel, Emory University

Joseph Dichy, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France
“Polyglossia and Middle Varieties in Arabic and Other Natural Languages”

Yonatan Belinkov, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“arTenTen: A Web Corpus for Arabic Varieties”

Coffee break/Light refreshments

Chair: TBA

Keynote speaker: Jacques Grand’Henry, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
“Some Lexical Connections between Middle and Modern Standard Arabic”

Association business meeting


Tour of Atlanta


Local Organizing Committee:
Benjamin Hary, Director of the Program in Linguistics
Darinishia Bolden, Program Administrative Assistant
Rebecca Liebeskind, Conference Coordinator


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