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Linguistics in Arabia


Janet Watson, Chair of Language at Leeds, gave a keynote speech entitled 'The documentation and ethnolinguistic analysis of the Modern South Arabian languages'. This was reported within the context of the conference in two Saudi newspapers: Arab News ( and Okaz (

Melinda Whong (Language, Linguistics and Translation Research Group) and her PhD student, Rasha Soliman, gave papers on second language acquisition, and Maathar al-Rawi, a former Leeds student supervised by Diane Nelson (Language, Linguistics and Translation Research Group), presented a syntactic analysis of ʔal-.