Department of Languages, Linguistics & Comparative Literature

Amel Khalfaoui

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Minnesota (2009)

Areas of Expertise

syntax-pragmatics interface
language and cognition

E-mail: Amel.Khalfaoui@fau.edu

Office Phone: 561-297-0342

Amel Khalfaoui is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Arabic in the Department of Languages Linguistics and Comparative Literatures. She teaches courses in linguistics and Arabic. She is coordinator of the Arabic program at FAU. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics with a minor in Cognitive Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research interests include pragmatics, syntax-pragmatics interface, language and cognition, and reference. In her current research, she uses a methodology that combines questionnaires and data collected from different genres to show how the distribution and interpretation of demonstrative forms can be determined by cognitive and pragmatic factors.

Current Courses

LIN 6930 Pragmatics
LIN 4930 Syntax
FOL 1120 & FOL 1121 Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture
FOL 2203 Intermediate Arabic and Culture

Courses Taught at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Language and Society
Beginning Arabic Language and Culture
Intermediate Arabic Language and Culture

Course Taught at Macalester College


Courses Taught at St. Cloud State University

English Syntax
Introduction to Linguistics

Publications and Conference Presentations

Khalfaoui, Amel. 2007. "A cognitive approach to analyzing demonstratives in Tunisian Arabic." In Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XX, Mustafa A. Mughazi (Ed.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. http://bit.ly/1HTucFO

Gundel, J.K., Mamadou Bassene, Bryan Gordon, Linda Humnick, and Amel Khalfaoui. 2010. "Testing predictions of the Givenness Hierarchy framework: A crosslinguistic investigation." Journal of Pragmatics 42. http://dx.doi.org/10.101 6/j.pragma.2009.09.010

"A cognitive explanation for communicators' avoidance of ambiguous forms: The case of the Arabic demonstrative haða." Paper accepted to the 23rd Arabic Linguistic Symposium. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA, April 3-5. 2009.

"The choice between the demonstrative haða as a pronoun and as a determiner in Tunisian Arabic: A Relevance Theoretic account." First North American Workshop on Pragmatics, Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Canada, October 3-5, 2008.

"Determining correlations between cognitive status and referring expressions: Research methodology." Poster, Center for Cognitive Sciences Research Day. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, Pril 3, 2008.

"Demonstratives in Tunisian Arabic: Beyond spatial distance." North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics 36, Chicago, IL USA, March 14-18, 2008.

"A congnitive approach to analyzing demonstratives in Tunisian Arabic." 20th Arabic Linguistic Symposium, Western Michigan University, March 3-5. 2006.

Gundel Jeanette, Gordon Bryan, Bassene Mamadou, Humnick Linda, Khalfaoui Amel. "Testing predictions of the Givenness Hierarchy Framework: A crosslinguistic investigation." 10th International Pragmatic Conference, Göteborg, Sweden, July 8-13, 2007.

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