Conference Theme

Arabic, one of the official languages of the United Nations and spoken by more than half a billion people around the world, is of increasing importance in political and economic spheres. The study of the Arabic language has a long and rich history: Earliest grammatical accounts date from the 8th century, and included full syntactic, morphological and phonological analyses of the vernaculars and of Classical and Modern Standard Arabic — the religious language of the Quran and the language of poetry. In recent years the academic study of Arabic has become increasingly sophisticated and broad.


The submission deadline has now passed. Click here for a list of presenters.

Plenary Speakers

We are pleased to welcome the following plenary speakers:

Hybridity and the Crossing of Linguistic Borders
Mushira Eid, University of Utah

Statistical and Symbolic Paradigms in Arabic Computational Linguistics
Ali Farghaly, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Mexicans speaking in Darija: Discussion around some key factors of language changes in Morocco
Catherine Miller, French Council of Research (CNRS)

Critical Languages and Critical Thinking: Re-framing Academic Arabic Programs
Karin Ryding, Georgetown University

Ideology, Grammar Making, and the Standardization of Arabic
Yasir Suleiman, University of Cambridge

Tutorials and Pre-Conference Workshops

The following workshops will also be offered on March 12, 2010:

Introduction to Arabic Computational Linguistics: Modern Standard Arabic and Arabic Dialects
Mona Diab and Nizar Habash, Columbia University

Arabic Language Ideologies and the New Media
Keith Walters, Portland State University

Teaching Grammar to Promote Communicative Accuracy
Raghda El-Essawi and Laila Al Sawi, The American University of Cairo
Workshop sponsored by the American University of Cairo and Georgetown University.

Co-located event: The Mid-Atlantic Association for Language Learning and Technology

The Mid-Atlantic Association for Language Learning and Technology will be hosting an event during the weekend of GURT 2010 which will touch on the related topics of Arabic language learning and teaching. For more information click HERE.


Reem Bassiouney, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University email

Graham Katz, Linguistics Department, Georgetown University email

View GURT 2010 poster HERE

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