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Arabic Linguistics Symposium Call for Papers

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5th International Arabic Linguistics Symposium
November 19th-20th 2011
The United Arab Emirates University, Department of Linguistics, Al-Ain
The United Arab Emirates

The Arabic Linguistics Society and The United Arab Emirates University are pleased to announce the 5th International Arabic Linguistics Symposium to be held at the UAE University, Al-Ain, November 19th-20th 2011.

ALS membership dues are $25 for students and $35 for non-students

Registration Fees:

Non-residents of the UAE: $40
Residents of the UAE: $30
Al-Ain University affiliates: $20

Travel and hotel information can be found here:

http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/FLL/arabic_symposium/travel.html under development

Call for Papers:

Papers are invited on topics that deal with theoretic, experimental and applied issues of Arabic Linguistics. Research in the following areas of Arabic linguistics is encouraged:

– Linguistic analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics)
– Applied linguistics
– Sociolinguistics
– Psycholinguistics
– Neurolinguistics
– Neuroscience of Arabic
– Discourse analysis
– Historical linguistics
– Corpus linguistics
– Computational linguistics

Persons interested in presenting papers are requested to submit a one-page abstract giving the title of the paper, a brief statement of the topic, and a summary clearly stating how the paper is developed (the reasoning, data, and results). Authors are requested to be as specific as possible in describing their topics.

Email submissions should be in Word and PDF format with all fonts embedded. The author’s name is not to appear anywhere in the abstracts. Instead, the author’s name, affiliation, email address, and phone number should be included in the body of the email message.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: October 15th, 2011

Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to: mustafa.mughazy@wmich.edu, s.boudelaa@uaeu.ac.ae

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May 17th, 2011 at 6:35 am

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Linguistic Workshop on the Mehri Language

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Having visited western Oman, and gazed longingly at the border to Yemen and the Hadhramaut, I was interested to see this workshop on the indigenous language, Mehri. From the Wikipedia page:

Mehri has 70,600 speakers in Yemen, 50,800 in Oman and 14,400 in Kuwait. Population total for all countries is 135,764 (SIL estimate, 2000). Mehri speakers are known in the region as the Mahra tribe.

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May 5th, 2011 at 4:46 am

Grad School Principles to Live By

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Having been admitted to the Ph.D program for Fall 2011, I’ve finally allowed myself to think in broader strokes about the next few years. I’ve also been talking to anyone who will listen about how to structure a “successful” program. It turns out that success is specific to the individual, although a reasonable starting point is to settle the industry v. academia career question. Of course there are commonalities between the two trajectories: you must pass quals, you must write papers, you must complete a thesis. However, the end-goal should shape the nature of the research and how time is invested. Prospective professors should focus solely on a high-impact scientific contribution. It seems that networking opportunities, invitations to speak, and so on follow from doing respected work. Make a name for yourself.

The industry track is either easier or harder, depending on the time scale. If you want to spend your career in an industrial research lab, then you can do more practical grad school research, network at conferences, and do internships. However, if an executive role is the final objective, then it might be wise to include a b-school certificate, to collaborate with a company during grad school, and to take some non-technical courses.

Presently, I am working through these alternatives.

In my conversations with both peers and professors, a core set of principles has emerged that seem reliable irrespective of the career path. They are:

  1. Take classes, but no more than one per quarter: Stanford’s Ph.D program does not require coursework. As I did not have a thorough undergraduate training in my research field, this aspect of the system works against me. I need to take courses, but the challenge is to limit the interruption to my research.
  2. Work on two projects simultaneously, but no more: It is refreshing to switch projects when a barrier is encountered. The mind benefits. However, life is short; two is enough.
  3. There is no substitute for good research: It’s like cash in your checking account.
  4. Mind the technical foundation: Every project has an engineering component. I find that my mathematical and analytical skills erode when I spend too much time programming. A good way to workout those muscles regularly is to write “squibs,” or short pieces on a specific proof, idea, technique, etc. Writing is equivalent to implementing. If you can write it down, you know it.

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April 27th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Posted in Academic,Grad School