Presentation

A presentation of the International Association for the Study of Middle and Mixed Arabic (AIMA)

ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE POUR L¿ÉTUDE DU

MOYEN ARABE ET DES VARIÉTÉS MIXTES DE L¿ARABE


INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF MIDDLE AND MIXED ARABIC


Présidence de l¿Association

Joshua Blau (Université Hébraïque de Jérusalem), Président d¿honneur
Jacques Grand¿Henry (Université Catholique de Louvain), Président
Jérôme Lentin (INALCO, Paris), Vice-président 

ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE POUR L¿ÉTUDE DU MOYEN ARABE ET DES VARIÉTÉS MIXTES DE L¿ARABE

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY
OF MIDDLE AND MIXED ARABIC



FIRST CIRCULAR (AIMA IV)

Fourth International Symposium at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA,
12¿15 October 2013

The Role of Middle/Mixed Arabic in the Standardization of Modern Arabic
in Its Actual Written/Spoken Use


We are very pleased to invite you to take part in the Fourth International Symposium on Middle and Mixed Arabic, which will be held from Saturday 12 to Tuesday 15 October 2013 at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, USA. After the successful first symposium in Louvain--la--Neuve (2004), the second symposium in Amsterdam (2007) and the third symposium in Florence (2010)1, our university has taken over the task to convene the fourth symposium on the same topic of Middle/Mixed Arabic.


The objectives of the fourth symposium are the same as those of the three preceding ones: to study written varieties of Middle Arabic and Mixed Arabic (=MMA) and varieties, particularly oral, of contemporary Mixed Arabic. The main topic of the conference is The Role of Middle/Mixed Arabic in the Standardization of Modern Arabic in its Actual Written/Spoken Use. The conference theme will deal with questions such as, How is MMA used in contemporary forms of written Arabic? What was the role of MMA in the "invention" of Modern Standard Arabic (=MSA)? How are mixed Arabic forms used in contemporary Arabic? How is the Arabic continuum used? How is MMA used in literary classical and modern texts?

Of course, this theme is only a suggestion and proposals of papers on other topics will be accepted, provided they fit in the general theme of Middle/Mixed Arabic. You will find a list of other possible themes hereunder in document 2. Please find attached four documents:

  1. A presentation of the International Association for the Study of Middle and Mixed Arabic (AIMA).
  2. A summary of the objectives and a list of other topics or themes on which the papers may also be concentrated; please feel free to send this document to colleagues specialized in other linguistic areas, who might be interested in these themes and possibly would wish to give a paper related with their andour concern.
  3. A list of the Organizing and Scientific Committees.
  4. An answer form.

Colleagues and researchers who plan to attend the symposium are kindly requested to email back the answer form upon receipt of this circular and not later than 15 August 2012 toaima4in2013@emory.edu: Participants who wish to give a paper are requested to send an abstract (about half a page) by e--mailnot later than 1 December 2012. Title and abstract will be passed on to to the Scientific Committee, which is expected to give you its definite answer before the end of March 2013. Papers may be given in Arabic, English or French and should not exceed 20 minutes. Every presentation will be followed by a 10 minutes discussion.

All information on accommodation, tour of Atlanta, transportation facilities, working sessions planning and the General Assembly of AIMA will be published on the Conference site linguistics.emory.edu/aima4 in due time.

Please note that we hope to be able to offer a limited number of fellowships to scholars who need help with travel and/or accommodation at Emory University.

We are also planning to organize an opening evening banquet and an organized tour of Atlanta (Martin Luther King Center, CNN center, the Carter Center, and more). Furthermore, we may be able to pay for some of the food cost while you are at the conference.

The general e-mail address for the conference is: aima4in2013@emory.edu and the symposium website is linguistics.emory.edu/aima4.

The conference is organized with the generous support of the Halle Institute of Global Learning, the Program in Linguistics and the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, and the Provost Office.

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1 The proceedings of the two first symposia have been published, and the proceedings of the third one will appear soon: Jérôme Lentin and Jacques Grand¿Henry (eds.), Moyen arabe et Variétés mixtes de l¿arabe à travers l'histoire, Actes du Premier Colloque International, Louvain-­¿la-­¿Neuve, 10-­¿14 mai 2004 (Publications de l¿Institut Orientaliste de Louvain, 58), Université catholique de Louvain, Institut Orientaliste, Louvain-­¿la-­¿Neuve, 2008, Peeters Press, Louvain-­¿Paris, lxxxvii + 508 pp. ; Liesbeth Zack and Ariel Schippers (eds.), Middle Arabic and Mixed Arabic, Diachrony and Synchrony (Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics, 64), Brill, Leiden-­¿Boston, 2012, 349 pp. ; Middle Arabic and Mixed Arabic: an Intentional Choice of Register? Researches on Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Sources -­¿ Proceedings of the AIMA Third International Symposium (11¿14 October 2010), to appear in the series Quaderni di Semitistica, University of Florence, 2013.