College / Department

Teaching areas

Al-Andalus, Arabic as a foreign language, Arabic sociolinguistics,

Research areas

Arabic corpus linguistics, Arabic dialectology, Arabic historical linguistics, Existential predication in Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Heritage learners of Arabic, Maltese linguistics, Negation in Arabic, Teaching Arabic as a foreign language


PhD, University of Michigan, 1995

Professional experience

American University of Beirut (2007-2016)
Georgetown University (2006-2007)
American University in Cairo (1993-2006)


American Association of Teachers of Arabic,Arabic Linguistics Society,Association International de Dialectologie Arabe, British Foundation for the Study of Arabia,International Association of Maltese Linguistics

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