Rania Habib

Associate Professor, Arabic and Linguistics; Arabic Program Coordinator


Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Habib specializes in sociolinguistics particularly language variation and change. She is also interested in bilingualism, cross-cultural communication, Child and adolescent language and Second Language/Dialect Acquisition, phonology, Pragmatics, and Syntax. Her research is interdisciplinary as it combines a number of subfields of linguistics, applying formal linguistic theory such as Optimality Theory and the Gradual Learning Algorithm to sociolinguistic variation. She has also applied qualitative and quantitative methods of analyses to sociolinguistic variation and change. Her present research deals with dialectal variation in the Arab World particularly the colloquial Arabic of rural migrant speakers to urban centers and the change that their speech undergoes because of social factors, such as prestige, age, gender, and residential area, contact, etc. She is also interested in the influence of urban dialects on rural ones without undergoing migration to urban centers. She is currently investigating the spread of urban linguistic features in the Syrian Arabic of rural children and adolescents.




Courses

ARB 102: Arabic II

ARB 301: Arabic V.

ARB 302: Arabic VI.

CAS 101: First Year Forum

LIN 473-673: Language Variation and Change

ARB/LIN 426-626: Structure of Standard Arabic.

ARB/LIT/MES 336: Arabic Cultures.





Education

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Florida (2008).
  • M.A. in Linguistics, University of Florida (2005).
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Florida (2005).
  • Arabic Instructor Training Seminar, Middlebury College (2004).
  • Teacher’s Training Course, Al-Baath University, Syria (2001).
  • Higher Studies Diploma in English Literary Studies, Al-Baath University, Syria (2000).
  • B.A. in English Literature, Al-Baath University, Syria (1999).




Career

  • Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University. Affiliated with Middle Eastern Studies Program, 2015-Present.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University. Affiliated with Middle Eastern Studies Program, 2008-2015.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Florida, 2007-2008.
  • Graduate Assistant and Adjunct Lecturer, Linguistics Program, University of Florida, 2003- 2005 & 2006-2007.
  • Research Assistant, Linguistics Program, University of Florida, 2005-2006.
  • Associate Director, The Language Institute, Al-Baath University, Syria, 2001-2003.
  • Instructor, The Language Institute, Al-Baath University, Syria, 2000-2003.
  • Instructor, Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, Al-Baath University, Syria, 2000-2001.

 

Administrative:

  • Coordinator of the Arabic Program, Syracuse University, 2008-present.
  • Associate Director of The Language Institute, Al-Baath University, Syria, 2001-2003.




Books

First Book
Editor and Compiler of the Proceedings of the 1st International English TeachingConference: “Practical Issues in Teaching and Evaluating English as a Foreign Language.” Hims: Al-Baath University Press, 2001.




Journal Articles

First view/Published online March 11, 2016. Parents and their children’s variable language: Is it acquisition or more? Journal of Child Language, , pp. 1-22. doi: 10.1017/S0305000916000155.

2016. Identity, ideology, and attitude in Syrian rural child and adolescent speech. Linguistic Variation 16(1), 34-67.

2016. Bidirectional linguistic change in rural child and adolescent language in Syria. Dialectologia 16, 117-141.

2014. Vowel variation and reverse acquisition in rural Syrian child and adolescent language. Language Variation and Change 26(1), 45-75.

2012. ’Imala and rounding in a rural Syrian variety: Morpho-phonological and lexical conditioning. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique 57(1), 51–75.

2011. Meaningful variation and bidirectional change in rural child and adolescent language. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistic 17(2), 81-90, Article 10. Available at: http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol17/iss2/10

2011. Frequency effects and the lexical split in the use of [t] and [s] and [d] and [z] in the Syrian Arabic of Christian Rural Migrants. Journal of Historical Linguistics 1 (1), 77-105.

2011. New model for bilingual minds in sociolinguistic variation situations: Interacting social and linguistic constraints. International Journal of Psychology Research 6 (6), 707-760.

2010. Rural Migration and Language Variation in Hims, Syria. SKY Journal of Linguistics 23, 61-99. Available at: http://www.linguistics.fi/julkaisut/sky2010.shtml

2010. Word Frequency and the Acquisition of the Arabic Urban Prestigious Form [ʔ]. Glossa 5 (2), 198-219. Available at: http://bibliotecavirtualut.suagm.edu/Glossa2/Journal/Oct2010/Voloctober2010.htm

2010. Towards determining social class in Arabic-speaking communities and implications for linguistic variation. Sociolinguistic Studies 4 (1), 175-200.

2008. Humor and disagreement: Identity construction and cross-cultural enrichment. Journal of Pragmatics 40 (6), 1117-1145.




Book Chapters

2013. How to uncover social variables. In Christine Mallinson, Becky Childs, and Gerard Van Herk (Eds.), Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications, 29-32. London/New York: Routledge-Taylor & Francis Groups. (Invited Chapter)

2011. Sequential Development in Sociolinguistic Methodology. In Edmund T. Spencer, Sociolinguistics [Languages and Linguistics Series], 27-45. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

2011. New Model for Analyzing Sociolinguistic Variation: Introducing Social Constraints to Stochastic Optimality Theory. In Edmund T. Spencer, Sociolinguistics [Languages and Linguistics Series], 47-97. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

2009. The syntax of the Standard Arabic particles ʔan and ʔanna. In Kleanthes Grohmann andPhoevos Panagiotidis (Eds.), Selected Papers from the 2006 Cyprus Syntaxfest, 159-194. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.




Conference Proceedings

2001. Developing materials for the English class. Proceedings of the 1st International English Teaching Conference, 32-36. Hims: Al-Baath University Press.




Book Reviews

2007. Review of Introducing Sociolinguistics by Miriam Meyerhoff. (London & New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)), 2006. LINGUIST List issue number 18.2420. http://linguistlist.org/issues/18/18-2420.html

2007. Review of Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XVI: Papers from the Sixteenth Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 266) ed. by Sami Boudelaa (Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2006). LINGUIST List issue number 18.554. http://linguistlist.org/issues/18/18-554.html#1




Non-Academic Publications

Volunteering to Enrich American School Children. In the Fulbright Alumni Newsletter, Fulbright Focus (The AMIDEAST Alumni Newsletter of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program), Spring/Summer 2006 edition.




Invited National and International Presentations

Invited Conference Presentations and Talks

Keynote Speech. Variation in Rural Syrian Child and Adolescent Speech: Identity, Ideology, and Attitude.  Jil Jadid 2013 conference. University of Texas at Austin. February 22-23, 2013.

Urban Vowel Spread in Rural Child and Adolescent Language. Sociolinguistics Symposium 19. Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany. [Invited paper to join the special session panel entitled “Child Language Variation” organized by Véronique Lacoste and Lisa Green. Other participants were Julie Robert, Jennifer Smith, Alison Henry, Mercedes Durham, Tracy Connor, and Janneke Van Hofwegen.]. August 21-24, 2012.

A new model of the bilingual mind in a sociolinguistic variation situation: Interacting social and linguistic constraints. Invited talk. The Mellon Foundation Symposium entitled “The Bilingual Mind: Language Mixing and Creativity”. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. October 7, 2009.

A new model for analyzing sociolinguistic variation: The case of Syrian Arabic. Invited talk. Syracuse University Linguistics Colloquium, Syracuse, New York. September 26, 2008. 

The social stratification of [q] and [ʔ] in the Syrian Himsi community. Invited panelist to join a symposium on “Transfer in adult and child bilingualism, L2 acquisition” organized by Jeanine Treffers-Daller and Ad Backus. Other panelists were Agnes Bolonyai and Gloria Eduviges Ramirez AILA 2005: The 14th World Congress of  Applied Linguistics, hosted by the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL, July 24-29, 2005). The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. July 25, 2005.

Invited Panels, Workshops, and Seminars

Introduction to Arabic Culture. Invited Seminar for the Middle East Internship. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. March 28, 2014.

Introducing Arabic Culture. Invited Seminar for the Middle East Internship. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. April 2, 2013.

Understanding Arabs: Customs, Values, Manners, and Gender Issues. Invited Seminar for the Middle East Internship. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in collaboration with the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. March 6, 2012.

How to understand Arabic culture. Invited workshop. Central New York Council for Social Studies (CNYCSS), sponsored by the grant from Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program in the United States Department of Education. Liverpool High School, Liverpool, New York. December 7, 2009.

“Humans are linguistic beings/language-using beings”, as part of the Tolley Dinner Forum series entitled “Being Human/Human Being”. Invited panelist with William Richie and Thomas McKay. Tolley Dinner Forum. Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. October 21, 2009.




Conference Presentations

Children’s deviation in the acquisition of variable linguistic gender patterns. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 43 (NWAV 43). Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. October 23-36, 2014.

Variability in Children’s Speech compared to their parents’: Is it acquisition or more? LLL Faculty Working Papers Series, sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and the Humanities Center. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, U.S.A. March 20, 2014.

Comparing children’s variable language to their parents’: Is it acquisition or more? Arabic Linguistics Symposium 28 (ALS 28). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A. March 13-15, 2014.

Children’s variable language compared to parents’: Is it acquisition or more? The 88th/2014 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2014). Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. January 2-5, 2014.

Parents and their children’s variable language: Is it acquisition or more? New Ways of Analyzing Variation 42 (NWAV 42). University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. October 17-20, 2013.

Identity, ideology, and attitude in child and adolescent speech. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 41 (NWAV 41). Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. October 25-28, 2012.

Reversal of Linguistic Rules Acquisition in Rural Syrian Child and Adolescent Language. The 45th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 45). University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden. August 29-Septmeber 1, 2012.

Vowel Variation in Rural Syrian Child and Adolescent Language. Analytical Methods of Sociolinguistic Variation and Change. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. April 26-27, 2012. 

Variation and the Reversal Acquisition of Linguistic Data in Rural Syrian Child and Adolescent Language. The 20th Symposium about Language and Society-Austin (SALSA XX) with the theme “Languages and Cultures in Contact.” University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. April 13-15, 2012. 

Variation and the Reversal Acquisition of Linguistic Rules in Rural Syrian Child and Adolescent Language. Arabic Linguistics Symposium 26 (ALS 26). Columbia University, New York, NY. March 1-3, 2012.

Linguistic change in rural child and adolescent Syrian Arabic. The 35th Penn Linguistics Colloquium. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A. March 18-20, 2011.

’Imala in a Rural Syrian Variety: Morpho-Phonological Conditioning. Arabic Linguistics Symposium 25 (ALS 25). University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. March 4-6, 2011.

Bidirectional linguistic change in rural child and adolescent speech. The 85th/2011 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2011). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. January 6-9, 2011.

Bidirectional linguistic change in rural child and adolescent speech in Syria. 4th International Arabic Linguistics Symposium. Alexandria, Egypt. December 11-12, 2010.       

Meaningful Variation and bidirectional change in Rural Child and Adolescent Language. “New” New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 39). University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX. November 4-6, 2010.

Inter- and intra-speaker variation in the speech of rural migrants to Hims, Syria. The 23rd Arabic Linguistics Symposium (ALS 23). University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. April 2009.                               

Frequency effects and the lexical split in the use of [t], [s], [d], and [z] in Syrian Colloquial Arabic. The American Association for Applied Linguistics 2009 Conference (AAAL 2009). Denver, Colorado. March 2009.

Word frequency and the acquisition of the Arabic urban prestigious form [ʔ]. The 37th Meeting of the North America Conference on Afroasiatic Languages (NACAL 37). Albuquerque, New Mexico. March 2009.

Frequency effects and the lexical split in the use of [t], [s], [d], and [z] in Syrian Arabic. The 83rd/2009 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2009). San Francisco, California. January 2009.

A new model for analyzing sociolinguistic variation: introduction of social constraints to formal theory. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 37 (NWAV 37). Houston, Texas. November 2008.

Sociolinguistic variation in Syrian Arabic within the framework of Optimality Theory. The 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2008). Essen, Germany. August 2008.

Modeling sociolinguistic variation in Optimality Theory and the Gradual Learning Algorithm. The Graduate Student Council Research Forum, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. April 2008.

Modeling sociolinguistic variation in the Gradual Learning Algorithm. The 82nd/2008 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2008). Chicago, Illinois. January 2008.

Optimality Theory and sociolinguistic interpersonal variation. The American Association for Applied Linguistics 2007 Conference (AAAL 2007). Costa Mesa, California. April 2007.

An OT account of a sociolinguistic inter-personal variation in the Himsi Colloquial Arabic. Conference on Communication and Information Structure in Spoken Arabic. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. June 2006.

The syntax of Standard Arabic Particles ʔan and ʔanna. InterPhases. The University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. May 2006.

The syntax of ʔan and ʔanna. The UF Linguistics Seminar. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. April 2006.

The Role of Social Factors, Speech Accommodation, and Lexical Borrowing in the Variation of [q] and [ʔ] in the Colloquial Arabic of Rural Migrant Families in Hims, Syria. The UF Linguistics Seminar. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. November 2005.

Is it Left-dislocation or Copy Raising in Arabic? The Graduate Student Council Research Forum. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. April 2005.

Developing Materials for the English Class. 1st International English Teaching Conference entitled “Practical Issues in Teaching and Evaluating English as a Foreign Language.” The Language Institute, Al-Baath University, Syria. June 2001.