Middle East Studies

General Resources

Jan. 30, 2018

Prepared by Magda El-Sherbini

Printable version of LibGuide PDF

Printed books:


Author:              Abū al-ʻAlāʼ al-Maʻarrī, 973-1057, author

Title:                   Risālat al-ghufrān / li-Abī al-ʻAlāʼ al-Maʻarrī ; tarjamat Nārīmān al-Shāmilī

Publication:     al-Qāhirah : al-Kutub Khān lil-nashr wa-al-tawzīʻ, 2016

Note:                  In Egyptian colloquial Arabic; translated from Classical Arabic

Location:           Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor PJ7750.A25 R573 2016

OCLC #:             960955660


Title:                   Alif baa [videorecording] : introduction to Arabic letters and sounds / Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi

Publication:      Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, 2003?

Note:                  Simple Arabic conversational phrases are introduced through a series of short situational skits. It is especially helpful in introducing the student to the colloquial dialect of Cairo

Location:           Thompson Library 1st Floor Non-English Language DVDs PJ6123 .B78 2003

OCLC #:              53351848


Title:                   Approaches to Arabic linguistics : presented to Kees Versteegh on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday / edited by Everhard Ditters and Harald Motzki

Publication:      Amsterdam ; Boston : Brill, 2007

Contents:          Inside the speaker's mind: speaker's awareness as arbiter of usage in Arabic grammatical theory / Ramzi Baalbaki -- Pragmatics and contractual language in early Arabic grammar and legal theory / Michael Carter -- Idmar in the ma'ani of al-farra' : a grammatical approach between description and explanation / Kinga Devenyi -- Arabic alla di as a conjunction : an old problem and a new approach / Werner Diem -- Les origines de la grammaire arabe, selon la tradition : description, interpretation, discussion / Pierre Larcher -- Sibawayhi's view of the zarf as an 'amil / Aryeh Levin -- Problems in the medieval Arabic theory of sentence types / Yishai Peled -- Arabic avant la lettre. Divine, prophetic, and heroic Arabic / Stefan Wild -- Inflection and government in Arabic according to Spanish missionary grammarians from Damascus (XVIIIth Century) : grammars at the crossroads of two systems / Otto Zwartjes -- Linguistics. The linguistic analysis and rules of pause in Arabic / Salman H. Alani -- The explanation of homonymy in the lexicon of Arabic / Georges Bohas and Abderrahim Saguer -- The periphrastic bilingual verb construction as a marker of intense language contact. Evidence from Greek, Portuguese and Maghribian Arabic / Louis Boumans -- Fa'ula, fa'ila, fa'ala : dispersion et regularites semantiques dans les trois schemes simples du verbe arabe / Joseph Dichy --Featuring as a disambiguation tool in Arabic natural language processing / Everhard Ditters -- Arabic on the media : hybridity and styles / Mushira Eid -- The use of morphological patterns in Arabic Grammars of Turkic / Robert Ermers -- Lexical gaps in Arabic : evidence from dictionaries / Jan Hoogland -- Masdar formation / Joost Kemers -- Methodologie linguistique : organisation de la langue arabe. Organisation generale des langues / Andre Roman -- Dialects. How to be KOOL in Arabic writing : linguistic observations from the side line / Gert Borg -- "Hello, I say, and welcome! where from, these riding men?" : Arabic popular poetry and political satire : a study in intertextuality from Jordan / Clive Holes -- Notes on the dialects of the 'legat and hamadah of southern Sinai / Rudolf de Jong -- Classical and colloquial Arabic / Archaisms Alan S. Kaye -- Do they speak the same language? language use in Juba local courts / Catherine Miller -- Paradigmatic stability and final laryngeals in Nigerian Arabic : why history repeats itself, without actually doing so / Jonathan Owens -- Some aspects of diglossia as reflected in the vocabulary of literary and colloquial Arabic / Judith Rosenhouse -- Everything you always wanted to know about ?al, yi?ul 'to say' in Egyptian Arabic / Manfred Woidich

Location:           Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor PJ6024.V47 A67 2007

OCLC #:              175286440



Author:              Becker, Valerie, 1936-

Title:                  A transfer grammar of the verb structures of modern literary Arabic and Lebanese colloquial Arabic / by Valerie Becker

Publication:     [New Haven : s. n.], 1964, c1965

Location:           Book Depository PJ6141 .B4 1964 A


Author:              Elias, Edward Elias

Title:                  Elias' practical dictionary of the colloquial Arabic of the Middle East : English-Arabic / compiled by Edward E. Elias

Publication:     Cairo : Elias' Modern Pub. House, [1979?]

Location:           Book Depository  PJ6737 .E4  



Author:              Furayḥah, Anīs, 1903-

Title:                  The essentials of Arabic; a manual for teaching classical and colloquial Arabic

Publication:      [Beirut] Khayat's, 1958

Note:                  "Book is meant primarily to be an aid for the teacher. It is not a guide to Arabic self-taught."

                           English or Arabic

Location:           Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor PJ6111 .F8 1958

OCLC#:               52217



Author:              Haak, Martine, 1959-

Title:                   The verb in literary and colloquial Arabic / by Martine Cuvalay-Haak

Publication:        Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter, 1997

Location:           Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor    PJ6145 .C88 1997  

OCLC #:              36798561



Author:              Lyons, M. C. (Malcolm Cameron)

Title:                   The poetic vocabulary of Michel Trad; a study in Lebanese colloquial poetry, by M. C. Lyons [and] E. I. Maalouf

Publication:       Beirut, [Librairie du Liban] 1968

Note:                  "Published in association with the Cambridge Middle East Centre." English and Arabic

Location:           Book Depository  PJ7864.R3 Z8 L8  

OCLC #               58987



Author:              Maston, Robert E

Title:                   Lebanese spoken Arabic; a sequence of colloquial Arabic lessons based on modern linguistic theory, by Robert E. Maston and   the spoken Arabic research staff

Publication:       Beirut, American University, 1956

Subjects:           Arabic language -- Dialects -- Lebanon

Location:           Book Depository PJ6810 .M26 1956 V. 1-3



Author:              McLoughlin, Leslie J., 1935-

Title:                   A further course in colloquial Arabic / by L.J. McLoughlin

Location:           Beirut : Librairie du Liban, 1979

Subjects:           Arabic language -- Dialects -- Lebanon

             Arabic language -- Dialects -- Syria

Location:           Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor PJ6810 .M282

OCLC #:             10007962



Author:              Palva, Heikki

Title:                   Artistic colloquial Arabic : traditional narratives and poems from al-Balqāʼ (Jordan) / transcription, translation, linguistic and metrical analysis by Heikki Palva

Publication:      Helsinki : Finnish Oriental Society, 1992

Location:           Book Depository PJ8067 .P348 1992  

OCLC #:              28309998



Author:              Spiro, Socrates

Title:                   An Arabic-English dictionary of the colloquial Arabic of Egypt : containing the vernacular idioms and expressions, slang phrases, vocables, etc., used by the native Egyptians / by Socrates Spiro   قاموس اللهجة العامية المصرية                         

Publication:       Beirut : Librarie du Liban, 1980

Location:           Book Depository PJ6640 .S635 1895a  

OCLC #:              8397612



Sound Recordings:


Author:              McGuirk, Russell H., 1946-

Title:                  Colloquial Arabic of Egypt [sound recording] / Russell H. McGuirk

Publication:     London ; New York : Routledge, 1990, c1986

Location:           Book Depository PJ6779 .M43 1990 Phonotape cassette  v.1   and v.2

OCLC #:             25403369


Author:              McLoughlin, Leslie J., 1935-

Title:                  Colloquial Arabic (Levantine) [sound recording] / Leslie J. McLoughlin

Publication:       London ; New York : Routledge, 1990

Location:           Thompson Library Bound Journals 3rd Floor PJ6813 .M34 1990 Phonotape cassette  v.2book  

OCLC #:              25403248


Articles for the Education Research Complete –  EBSCO host


Azmi, A. M., & Aljafari, E. A. (2015). Modern information retrieval in Arabic - catering to standard and colloquial Arabic usersJournal Of Information Science41(4), 506-517. doi:10.1177/0165551515585720

Kuntz, B. (2013). Using Twitter, Blogs and Other Web 2.0 Technologies and Internet Resources to Enhance Arabic as a Foreign-Language Reading SkillsProceedings of The International Conference On E-Learning, 224-230.

Albirini, A. (2014). The Role of the Colloquial Varieties in the Acquisition of the Standard Variety: The Case of Arabic Heritage SpeakersForeign Language Annals47(3), 447-463. doi:10.1111/flan.12087

ATTIEH, A. M. (2011). Colloquial Arabic (Levantine): The Complete Course for Beginners by MCLOUGHLIN, LESLIE. Modern Language Journal95(3), 461-463. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4781.2011.01212_7.x


Free resources from the Web:


1. Jordanian Arabic audio course from NMELRC.  Great, simple & v useful dialogues with Ammani locals involving an Australian lady with excellent pronunciation. I’m gradually making some worksheets to accompany these and make them a little more accessible, as there are no transcripts provided. For each of the 8 dialogues there is an accompanying vocabulary file, where the speaker rattles through the words that come up and a few others fairly quickly, and without translating into English. This makes this course a little tricky without a teacher, but they’re definitely worth a listen.


2. Aamiya Arabiya youtube channel: Fantastic quality Jordanian and Lebanese videos – teenagers and young Ammanis talking about their everyday lives. Really short and sweet with excellent sound quality.


3.  Jordanian Arabic Grammar – an introduction for beginners (from Peace Corps). I’ve just been teaching a beginners’ course (30 hours ta’reeban) of Levantine Arabic and happily I’ve found this reference guide includes everything we just covered. Perfect revision material, though it might be less accessible for a complete beginner to learn from without a teacher.


4. Arabic-language films from the Levant. Many are on Youtube, some with subtitles, eg.

West Beirut (with English subtitles)

Paradise Now / الجنه الان (with English subtitles)

The Lemon Tree (with English subtitles)

Caramel (can’t find it on YouTube with English subtitles, so buy the DVD instead!)


5. Arabic Music translation blog – it’s just amazing. Tags for individual artists or click on Lebanese, Syrian, etc. Good ones to start with include ElissaSabahNancy AjramFairuzMajdi el Roumi and Haifa Wehbe. NB. Even Lebanese singers such as Nancy do often sing in a more Egyptian way to target that bigger audience, but this blogger Chris is brilliant at pointing out differences in vocab and pronunciation like this.


6. Jordanian course from LangMedia Five Colleges. The videos aren’t great quality but they’re authentic conversations, and there are transcripts in English and Arabic. You can download the videos or watch them online with Quicktime. Good range of topics covered – tourism, transport, shopping, directions, emergencies, socialising, etc.


7. ArabicPod Levantine podcasts – this should perhaps be number one of every list of Arabic resources. Wonderful, very accessible podcasts which focus on a very short dialogue each time and break it down into admirable detail. Just a few Levantine ones but they’re all worth a listen. Transcripts available for paying subscribers but you can listen for free.


8. The Arabic Student blogLoads of Levantine colloquial activities on this brilliant blog. My favourites for beginners are the Baba Tilifoon kids’ song (warning – highly addictive and irritating earworm) and the Minal clip about champagne from Lebanese MTV’s lovely series of mini videos about everyday life, presented by Al (meen al? = who’s Al?), with simple animations to help with the context. Minal is also all over Youtube 


9. Dalil USA Syrian Colloquial course (but also Palestinian): pay-to-view lessons, but there are 2 free samples. Was impressed with the Restaurant lesson and the My childhood one (Palestinian man talking about his life, his school, hobbies etc). These are brilliant because the audio comes with a full transcript in colloquial Arabic and an MSA version of the same text


10. Palestine Remembered: the Nakba oral history project. More for the advanced learner than beginners, as some of the interviews are very long, but this is an amazing collection of narratives and memories of villages from which Palestinians were expelled in the 1948 war (known as النكبة, the disaster). Ideal for students who want to delve into the social history and politics of Palestine as well as the language.


Levantine Arabic

Jan. 30, 2018

Prepared by: Magda El-Sherbini

Printable version of LibGuide PDF

Printed books:

Title:     Classical Arabic humanities in their own terms : festschrift for Wolfhart Heinrichs on his 65th birthday / presented by his students and colleagues ; edited by Beatrice Gruendler ; with the assistance of Michael

Publication:        Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008

Contents:           Acknowledgements -- Preface -- Tabula gratulatoria -- At drink your milks! -at as individuation marker in Levantine Arabic / Kristen Brustad -- Yayyar the companion, spy, scoundrel in premodern Arabic popular narratives / Peter Heath -- Balagha rhetorique aristotelicienne (rethorica) et faculte oratoire (oratoria/balagha) selon les didascalia in "rethoricam (sic!)" Aristotelis ex glosa Alpharabii / Maroun Aouad -- Some morphological functions of Arabic bi- : on the uses of galex / Dimitri Gutas -- Hazaj: genese eines neupersischen metrums / Benedikt Reinert -- Iblis and the jinn in al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya / William C. Chittick -- Iqay: musikalische Metrik bei al-Farabi (gest. 950) und ihr Ebenbild bei Thoinot Arbeau (gest. 1595) / Eckhard Neubauer -- Iqtinad: la confrontation est-ouest en mediterranee aux viie/xiie et viiie/xiiie siecles / Thierry Bianquis -- Khiyab: "discourse" in the jurisprudential theory of Ibn Aqil al-Hanbali / A. Kevin Reinhart -- Khutba: the evolution of early Arabic oration / Tahera Qutbuddin -- Libas: die entliehenen Kleider des Abu Nuwas / Ewald Wagner -- Mulamma in Islamic literatures / Nargis Virani -- Qanida: its reconstruction in performance / Beatrice Gruendler -- Qanida ghazaliyya-khamriyya : two lyrical poems by Hazim al-Qaratajanni (d. 684/1285) / Geert Jan van Gelder -- Qia: Arabic cats / John Huehnergard -- Safar: the early history of time travel literature : al-Muwayli's Hadith lsa b. Hisham and its antecedents / Michael Cooperson -- Taybar al-ru'ya and Alkam al-nujum: references to women in dream interpretation and astrology transferred from Graeco-Roman antiquity and medieval Islam to Byzantium : some problems and considerations / Maria Mavroudi -- Taman: the notion of "Implication" according to al-Rummani / Bruce Fudge -- Tahaddi: gifts, debts, and counter-gifts in the ancient Zoroastrian ritual / Prods Oktor Skjarvo -- Tamanni: If wishes were ... : notes on wishing in Islamic texts / Aron Zysow -- Zarafa: encounters with the giraffe, from Paris to the medieval Islamic world / Remke Kruk

Subjects:         Arabic philology
                         Civilization, Arab
                         Heinrichs, Wolfhart

Location:        Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor    PJ6064.H36 C53 2008

OCLC#:           187418610


Author:              Ham, William Hallett, 1969-

Title:                  Phonetic and phonological aspects of geminate  timing / William H. Ham

Publication:      New York : Routledge, 2001

Content:           Chapter 4: Cross-language study: Phonological overview -- Levantine Arabic; Chapter 5: Cross-language study: Acoustic investigations --Levantine Arabic; Chapter 6: Suprasegmental timing – Leventine Arabic; App.2 Levantine word list

Location:           Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor   P217.8 .H35 2001  

OCLC#:              47208554


Author:              Hussein, Lutfi, 1955-

Titles:                 Levantine Arabic for non-natives. Student book: a proficiency-oriented approach / Lutfi Hussein

Publication:       New Haven : Yale University Press, c1993

Location:           Thompson Library Stacks  8th Floor  PJ6818 .H87 1993  

Subjects:           Arabic language -- Dialects -- Syria -- Texts

             Arabic language -- Dialects -- Lebanon -- Texts

             Arabic language -- Conversation and phrase books -- English

             Arabic language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English

OCLC #:             28025566


Author:              Hussein, Lutfi, 1955-

Title:                  Levantine Arabic for non-natives: a proficiency-oriented approach. Teacher's manual, parts I & II / Lutfi Hussein

Publication:      [Columbus, Ohio : L. Hussein, 1992?]

Location:          Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor -- Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor

OCLC #:            22948060


Title:                  Introductory course: Levantine Arabic

Publication:      Beirut, Lebanon : FSI Arabic Language and Area School, 1964

Subjects:          Arabic language -- Dialects -- Lebanon -- Grammar

            Arabic language -- Dialects -- Syria -- Grammar

            Arabic language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English

Location:          Book Depository  PJ6818 .I58 1964  v.1-2

OCLC #:           1040954


Author:            McCarus, Ernest N. (Ernest Nasseph), 1922-

Title:                 A course in Levantine Arabic / by Ernest McCarus, Hamdi Qafisheh, Raji Rammuny

Publication:     Ann Arbor, Mich. : Center for Near Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan, 1974

Subjects:         Arabic language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English

           Arabic language -- Conversation and phrase books -- English

Location:         Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor PJ6307 .M27

OCLC#:            5252025


Author:             Nydell, Margaret K. (Margaret Kleffner)

Title:                 Levantine & Egyptian Arabic : comparative study / Margaret K. Omar

Publication:     Washington : Foreign Service Institute, Dept. of State : for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1976

Subjects:          Arabic language -- Dialects -- Egypt

           Arabic language -- Dialects -- Syria

Location:         Book Depository   PJ6819 .O4  

OCLC#:            2577627


Author:              Ohio State University. Department of Linguistics

Title:                   Papers from the linguistics laboratory : 1985-1987 / edited by Mary Beckman and Gina Lee

Publication:       Columbus : Dept. of Linguistics, Ohio State University, 1987

Contents:          Intonation in Cantonese / Keith Johnson -- A study in Toishan FO / Gina Lee -- The tonal behavior of Osaka Japanese : an interim report / Shiro Kori -- Perceiving by syllables or by segments, evidence from the perception of subcategorical mismatches / Keith Johnson -- Some constraints on the domain of phrasal resyllabification in French / Christiane Laeufer -- Phonemic quantity, stress and the half-long vowel in Finnish / Riitta Välimaa-Blum -- Phonetic characteristics of Levantine Arabic geminates with differing morphemes and syllable structures / Ann Miller

Location:           University Archives  P1 .O4  NO36

OCLC#:             18831031


Author:               Snow, James A.

Title:                   Levantine Arabic : introduction to pronunciation / James A. Snow

Publication:       Washington, D.C. : Foreign Service Institute, 1971

Subjects:            Arabic language -- Dialects -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Phonology

Location             Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor PJ6307 .L49 1971  

OCLC #:              22011606


Sound Recordings:

Title:                   Levantine Arabic (pronunciation) [sound recording]

Publication:      Washington, D.C. : Foreign Service Institute, Dept. of State : distributed by National AudioVisual Center, General Services Administration, 1971

Summary:         Designed to teach the student to recognize major points of phonological interference between Levantine Arabic & American English as well as significant phonological contrasts within this dialect of Arabic itself; and, to provide the student with a model for mimicry

Subjects:           Arabic language -- Lebanon -- Pronunciation

            Arabic language -- Lebanon -- Sound recordings for English speakers

            Arabic language -- Lebanon -- Phonology

Location:          Thompson Library Stacks 8th Floor PJ6307 .L49 1971 Phonotape Cassette

OCLC #:            9660675


Title:                   Amreeka [videorecording] / National Geographic Entertainment presents ; a National Geographic/Imagenation Abu Dhabi release ; in association with Levantine Entertainment, Maximum Film International in association with Levantine Entertainment presents a film by Cherien Dabis ; a First Generation Films production ... [et al.]

Publication:     [United States] : National Geographic Entertainment ; New York : Virgil Films, [2009]

Location:         Thompson Library 1st Floor English Language DVDs   PN1997.2 .A574 2009 DVD

Summary:         Muna Farah, a Palestinian single mom, struggles to maintain her optimistic spirit in the daily grind of intimidating West Bank checkpoints, the constant nagging of a controlling mother, and the haunting shadows of a failed marriage. Everything changes one day when she receives a letter informing her that her family has been granted a U.S. green card, and she moves with her teenage son to small town Illinois

Subjects:           Single mothers -- Drama

            Mothers and sons -- Drama

            Palestinian Arabs -- United States -- Drama

            Immigrants -- United States -- Drama

            Arab American families -- Drama

            Arab American women -- Drama

            West Bank -- Drama

            Illinois -- Drama

OCLC#:             476895725



Author:               Alghazo, Mohammad Hamdan, 1945-

Title:                   Syncope and epenthesis in Levantine Arabic : a nonlinear approach / by Mohammad Hamdan Alghazo

Note:                  Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987

Subjects:           Arabic language -- Dialects -- Jordan -- Phonology

             Arabic language -- Phonology

OCLC #:             22948060


Author:              Chouairi, Rajaa, author

Title:                   Shou fi ma fi? : intermediate Levantine Arabic / Rajaa Chouairi ; Mahdi Alosh, editor

Publication:       New Haven : Yale University Press, [2011]

Note:                  "Shou fi ma fi? will enable American students to communicate orally in Levantine Arabic, the variety of Arabic spoken in Syria, Lebanon, the Holy Land, and western Jordan"--Back cover

Contents:          Where have you studied Arabic? -- Who am I? -- What are you doing? -- What would you like to have? -- A domestic argument or a fight? -- What is going on? -- Where is the house? -- Welcome! -- Welcome! (2)! -- I have a reservation -- She has a headache -- A car accident -- Where is my wife's handbag? -- The car is broken -- Fish and plat du jour -- What a beautiful rug! -- How much are these shoes? -- What a beautiful tray! -- Give me a good price

Subjects:           Arabic language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers -- English

            Arabic language -- Spoken Arabic

            Arabic language -- Self-instruction

Web E-books: “https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/ohiostate-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4603511”

OCLC #:             957126162


Author:              Hanna, Kifah, 1977- author

Title:                   Feminism and avant-garde aesthetics in the Levantine novel : feminism, nationalism, and the Arabic novel / Kifah Hanna

Publication:       Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

Subjects:           Sammān, Ghādah -- Criticism and interpretation

            Khalīfah, Saḥar -- Criticism and interpretation

            Barakāt, Hudá -- Criticism and interpretation

            Arabic literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism

            Women authors, Arab -- Arab countries -- History

            Feminist fiction, Arabic -- History and criticism

            Middle Eastern fiction -- History and criticism

            Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- Middle East

            Feminism in literature

            Existentialism in literature

            Surrealism (Literature)

Web E-book

OCLC#:             946358208


Author:              Heintz, Ilana, 1980-

Title:                   Arabic language modeling with stem-derived morphemes for automatic speech recognition [electronic resource] / by Ilana Heintz

Publication:      Columbus, Ohio : Ohio State University, 2010

Summary:        Abstract: The goal of this dissertation is to introduce a method for deriving morphemes from Arabic words using stem patterns, a feature of Arabic morphology. The motivations are three-fold: modeling with morphemes rather than words should help address the out-of-vocabulary problem; working with stem patterns should prove to be a cross-dialectally valid method for deriving morphemes using a small amount of linguistic knowledge; and the stem patterns should allow for the prediction of short vowel sequences that are missing from the text. The out-of-vocabulary problem is acute in Modern Standard Arabic due to its rich morphology, including a large inventory of inflectional affixes and clitics that combine in many ways to increase the rate of vocabulary growth. The problem of creating tools that work across dialects is challenging due to the many differences between regional dialects and formal Arabic, and because of the lack of text resources on which to train natural language processing (NLP) tools. The short vowels, while missing from standard orthography, provide information that is crucial to both acoustic modeling and grammatical inference, and therefore must be inserted into the text to train the most predictive NLP models. While other morpheme derivation methods exist that address one or two of the above challenges, none addresses all three with a single solution

The stem pattern derivation method is tested in the task of automatic speech recognition (ASR), and compared to three other morpheme derivation methods as well as word-based language models. We find that the utility of morphemes in increasing word accuracy scores on the ASR task is highly dependent on the ASR system's ability to accommodate the morphemes in the acoustic and pronunciation models. In experiments involving both Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Conversational Arabic data, we find that knowledge-light methods of morpheme derivation may work as well as knowledge-rich methods. We also find that morpheme derivation methods that result in a single morpheme hypothesis per word result in stronger models than those that spread probability mass across several hypotheses per word, however, the multi-hypothesis model may be strengthened by applying informed weights to the predicted morpheme sequences. Furthermore, we exploit the flexibility of Finite State Machines, with which the stem pattern derivation method is implemented, to predict short vowels. The result is a comprehensive exploration not only of the stem pattern derivation method, but of the use of morphemes in Arabic language modeling for automatic speech recognition

Location:           Thompson Library 2nd Floor Microform Theses   THE:LIN2010PHDH456

Web E-Theses

OCLC#:              681404978


Author:              Sajdi, Dana, author

Title:                   The barber of Damascus : nouveau literacy in the eighteenth-century Ottoman Levant / Dana Sajdi

Publication:       Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2013

Contents:          The disorders of a new order : the Levant in the long 18th-century -- A barber at the gate : a social and intellectual biography -- "Cheap" monumentality : the nouveau literates and their texts -- Authority and history : the genealogy of the Levantine 18th-century contemporary chronicle -- A room of his own : the "history" of the barber of Damascus -- Cutting the barber's tale : the afterlives of a history -- Conclusion : from nouveau literacy to print journalism

Summary:         Shihāb al-Dīn Aḥmad Ibn Budayr shaved and coiffed, and probably circumcised and healed, in Damascus in the eighteenth century. The barber wrote a history book, a chronicle of the events that took place in his city during his lifetime. Examining the 'life and work' of Ibn Budayr, the book uncovers the emergence of a larger trend of history writing by unusual authors - people outside the learned establishment - and identifies a new phenomenon: nouveau literacy. The book also discusses the social and literary aspects of nouveau literacy within the context of a changing social, political, and urban topography in the eighteenth-century Levant

Subjects:           Budayrī, Aḥmad, active 18th century

            Barbers -- Syria -- Damascus -- Biography

            Arabic prose literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism

            Middle East -- Intellectual life -- 18th century

            Middle East -- History -- 18th century -- Historiography

Web E-books



Author:              Salameh, Franck, 1962- author, compiler, translator

Title:                  The other Middle East : an anthology of modern Levantine literature / Franck Salameh

Publication:       New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]

Note:                  Translations from Arabic, Aramaic, Egyptian, French, Hebrew and Lebanese

Web E-books

OCLC #:           1ybp14262925


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