Arabic Workshops


When: February 21st, 2018, 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: Walsh 494
Presented by: Dr. Muhammad Habib, Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic at Georgetown University.

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For information, contact the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University (202-687-5743 or

When: October 21st, 2017, 9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Where: ICC241, CCAS Boardroom
Speakers: Felicitas Opwis (Georgetown University), Wafa Hassan (Global Education Excellence), Alexander Porcelli (Washington Latin Public Charter School), Lina Kholaki (Los Angeles Unified School District), Layali Eshqaidef (Kalimah Programs for Arabic Education), Ahmed Khorshid (Arabic Language Curriculum Developer), Marjorie Haley (George Mason University)

Organizer: Hanaa Kilany (Georgetown University)

K-12 Arabic Registration

For information, contact the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University (202-687-5743 or


Friday, February 22, 2013
McShain Lounge (Large), McCarthy Hall (new window)

This workshop is the second in a series of workshops that aims at bringing scholars from Arabic sociolinguistics with distinguished scholars on sociolinguistics more generally to exchange ideas and projects. This year the workshop will address essential issues such as the role of media in identity formation and conflicts as well as the impact of media on language variation and language ideologies.

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10:00 – 10:30am | Introduction
10:30 – 11:30am | Session I: Media Linguistic Impact
Chair: Reem Bassiouney, Georgetown University
Michael Silverstein (University of Chicago)
The Enregistrement of Dialects in American English and its Lessons for Diglossia
11:30 – 12:00pm | Break
12:00 – 1:00pm | Session II: Conflict, Identity, and Media
Chair: Elliott Colla, Georgetown University 
Anna De Fina (Georgetown University)
The Linguistic Construction of Identities in Transnational Spaces
1:00 – 2:30pm | Lunch Break
2:30 – 4:00pm | Session III: Language Ideology and the Media
Chair: Adel Iskandar, Georgetown University
Dina Matar (University of London)
Framing Ideologies: Language, Power and the Media
Becky Schulthies (Rutgers University)
Scripted Ideologies: Online Orthographies of Spoken Arabics
4:00 – 4:30pm | Break
4:30pm – 5:30pm | Discussion and Future Research conducted by Reem Bassiouney
To download the program in PDF format, please click here (new window).

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The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies is proud to host an Arabic Sociolinguistics Workshop on February 24, 2012 from 9:00am to 6:00pm in Poulton 230

This event is currently full and registration has been closed.

This is the first workshop in a series of workshops related directly to the journal Al-Arabiyya (Reem Bassiouney editor). The journal currently aims at raising the quality and quantity of research in Arabic Linguistics. One of the main issues in the field of Arabic Linguistics is the clear division in theories and methods between General Linguistics and Arabic Linguistics in particular. This workshop aims to start a conversation between General and Arabic Linguists and will provide a forum for an exchange of ideas, theories and methods between both groups leading to future collaboration, discussion and scholarship.
Tentative Program
Please click here for a printable, .pdf version of the program.
Talks will be approximately 35 minutes in length with 10 minutes for questions.

9:00-11:00am: Session One
Barbara Johnstone (Carnegie Mellon University): “Sociolinguistics and Place”
Abbas Benmamoun (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): “Arabic in the Diaspora: Issues of Language Retention and Loss in the Speech of Heritage Arabic Speakers”
Chair: Reem Bassiouney
11:00-11:30: Coffee Break
11:30-1:30: Session Two
Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University): “Integrating Sociolinguistics with Critical Discourse Analysis”
Reem Bassiouney (Georgetown University): “A contested identity: stance and code-choice during the Egyptian revolution”
Chair: Anna De Fina
1:30-3:00pm: Break
3:00-5:30pm: Session Three
Keith Walters (Portland State University): “New Media and the Failed Legacy of Pan-Arabism”
Alexandra Jaffe (California State University Long Beach) :”Polynomic language and dominant language ideologies: forms of resistance and new orthodoxies on Corsica”
Gunvor Mejdell (University of Oslo): “Analyzing Mixed Styles in Arabic”
Chair: Elliott Colla
5:30-6:00pm: Coffee Break
6:00-6:30pm: Session Four
General discussion led by all participants.