Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics

The 44th annual meeting of the North American  Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL 44) will be held at the University of Texas at Austin, Saturday, February 13rd, 2016 and Sunday, February 14th, 2016. 

Our keynote speaker for NACAL 44 will be James Allen, the Charles Edwin Wilbour Professor of Egyptology at Brown University in Providence, RI. The subject of his keynote, which will be delivered on Saturday night, will be Ancient Egyptian as a Real Language.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

I. Phonology

9:00 Samir Ben Si Said: The Role of Apophony in Synchronic and Diachronic Phonology: The Case of Berber Languages

9:30 Marijn van Putten: The Secondary Origins of the Berber e Vowel

10:00 Break

II. Morphology

10:15 John Huehnergard: Of People and Tongues: Semitic *nis and *lis

10:45 Benjamin Suchard: hallo from the other side: presentatives in Semitic and Egyptian and

the Ethiosemitic verb ‘to be

11:15 Gene Gragg: Morphological Features and Paradigm Development in Cushitic-Omotic

11:45 Fokelien Koostra: and Johan Lundberg: Variation in Dadanitic causative stems hfʿl and

12:15 Øyvind Bjøru:
A Minute Case of Assimilation of Middle waw in Hebrew

12:45 Lunch

III. Syntax

2:00 Simone Mauri: Clause Chaining in Berber

2:30 Ruth Kramer: General Number Nouns in Amharic Lack a Number Phrase

3:00 Lutz Edzard: Experiencer Constructions and Impersonal Verbs in Semitic

3:30 Break

VI. Keynote Address

3:45 James Allen: Ancient Egyptian as a Real Language 6:00 Dinner at The Claypit 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

IV. Semantics and Pragmatics

8:30 Letizia Cerqueglini: Contrastive Distribution of MIN and ˁAN in Traditional Negev Arabic

9:00 Ronni Henkin: ˁan in Traditional Negev Arabic and Other Arabic Dialects

9:30 Amel K. Khalfaoui: The Semantics and Pragmatics of the Discourse Connective ˀama

10:00 Anbessa Teferra: Marking Spatial Relations in Sidaama

10:30 Break

V. Lexicography

10:45 Edward Cook: By-Forms and/or Biforms as a Problem in Biblical Hebrew Lexicography

11:15 Jo Ann Hackett: ḥll in Biblical Hebrew

11:45 Mila Neishtadt: Raisins and Dry Figs in Palestinian Colloquial Arabic: A Key to Identifying and Understanding Two Rare Post-Biblical Hebrew Words

12:15 Lunch

VII. Epigraphy and Philology

1:45 Jouni Harjumäki: Interpretation of the Nabataean Incantation Text

2:45 Break

VIII. Classification and Subgrouping: Semitic

3:00 Khalsa Al Aghbari: Jibbāli's Genetic Affiliation to Arabic: Evidence from Noun Plurals

3:30 Alexander Magidow: Diachronic Classification of Arabic Dialects via Personal Pronouns

4:00 Grover Hudson: Some Ethiosemitic Lessons of the Comparative Lexicon

4:30 Break

IX. Classification and Subgrouping: Afro-Asiatic

4:45 Paul Fallon: Are the Agaw Languages Cushitic?: A Lexical Analysis

5:15 Nacama Pat-El and Aren Wilson-Wright: Afroasiatic: A Reevaluation from a Semitic Perspective

5:45 Business Meeting 

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