Zafer Lababidi

Zafer Lababidi

Contact Information

Teaching Faculty II
Office Location
Diffenbaugh 337
Middle East Center
Office Hours

Mondays 1-2 Tuesdays 10-11 and by appointment

Assistant Director and Advisor of Middle Eastern Studies

Dr. Zafer Lababidi is an Associate 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 Interests

Arabic phonetics/phonology
Speech perception/production
Arabic as a foreign language
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
Media Arabic and Popular Cultures of the Arab World

Selected Publications

  • Lababidi, Z. (2016). The L2 Perceptual Mapping of Arabic and English Consonants By American English Learners.
  • 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.
  • (Accepted) The L2 Perceptual Development of Arabic Plain and Emphatic Sounds by American English Learners.
  • (Accepted) Orthography effects on L2 phonetic categorization and lexical encoding.