Zafer Lababidi



Teaching Faculty I
Assistant Director and Advisor of Middle Eastern Studies

Dr. Zafer Lababidi is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic, and the Assistant Director and Advisor of the Middle Eastern Studies Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and specializes in Arabic phonetics/phonology and teaching Arabic as a foreign language.

Research Interest

Arabic phonetics/phonology
Speech perception/production
Arabic as a foreign langauge
Spoken word recognition
Second language acquisition
Dialectal variations in Arabic
Technology applications for language classrooms

Courses Taught

Elementary Arabic I
Elementary Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Advanced Arabic I
Advanced Arabic II
Introduction to Translation: Arabic to English
Cultures of the Middle East


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Selected Publications

  • In Print. The Perceptual Mapping between Arabic and English Consonants.
  • 2016. L1-English tense-lax vowel system influence on L2-Arabic short and long vowel learning. Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XXVIII: Papers from the Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, Gainesville, Florida, 2014 (Vol. 4, p. 63). John Benjamins Publishing Company