QU ORGANIZES SIXTH LINGUISTICS IN THE GULF CONFERENCE

The Department of English Literature & Linguistics (DELL) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) organized the Sixth Linguistics in the Gulf Conference (LGC-6). The event aimed to develop a better understanding of the special language scene in the Gulf region, share up to date findings from research on formal, non-formal and experimental language studies. It further enhances students understanding of the context of the theories they study during their time in Qatar University.

Attending the opening ceremony were QU President Dr Hassan Al-Derham, CAS Dean Dr Rashid Al-Kuwari, CAS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr Abdulnasser Alyafei, Head of CAS Department of English Literature & Linguistics Dr Tariq Khwaileh and a number of heads from CAS departments, faculty members and students.

The keynote speakers were Prof. Robert Phillipson, Copenhagen Business School who presented on Languages in Public Policy and Global English Mythology and Prof. Jonathan Owens, University of Bayreuth, who presented on Multiple Pathways: Descriptive and Methodological Issues in Interpreting Arabic Language History.

The conference agenda featured a wide range of topics including Perceptions and Attitudes of Qatar University Students Towards the Utility of Arabic and English, The Evolution of Arab Names as a Marker of Social Identity, Syllable Structure in Loanword Adaptation, Developing the First Lebanese Picture-Naming Test: A Preliminary Study, Arabic Word Reading: The Role of Vowel Diacritics and Orthographic Ambiguity and Concessive Connectives in Translated vs. Non-translated Arabic Texts: A Corpus-based Analysis.

In his welcome remarks Dr Abdulnasser Alyafei said, The Sixth Linguistics in the Gulf Conference comes in response to Qatar University’s mission to achieve excellence in research by bringing together scholars worldwide to discuss the most advanced findings in their fields. Since this is a conference on language, I would like to mention, especially to non-Arabs, that in Arabic the word Doha means a big tree with many interconnected branches. Doha can be seen as a metaphor for this linguistic conference because I really hope that it will generate new ideas which will make connections with existing ideas and create a huge tree of ideas.

Dr Tariq Khwaileh said The Linguistics in the Gulf Conference has been a tradition of our department and Qatar University since 2007, motivated by the complex and stimulating linguistic scene in the Gulf region. We have held 5 successful conferences so far and hoping to continue this tradition in the coming years. We hope by the end of this scholarly event that we develop a better understanding of the language scene in light of the dynamic geopolitics of the region, share up to date findings from research on formal, non-formal and experimental language studies and finally, enhance our students understanding of the context of the theories they study during their time in Qatar University.

Source: Qatar University