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Languages of Northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula


Admission requirements



In this course, the linguistic diversity of Northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula will be studied. The course deals basically with the following subjects:

  • the current language situation in the region

  • language history in Northern Africa: pre-Islamic languages

  • language history in Islamic times: the expansion of Arabic

  • language use in the region: multilingualism, diglossia…

Depending on the interest of the students, the course will further expand on sociolinguistic issues or on issues related to the language system.

Course objectives

The main course objective is to strengthen insight and knowledge of the linguistics of Northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Mode of instruction

2-hour weekly seminar

Assessment method

Students have to give a presentation and to hand in a term paper


Yes Blackboard

Reading list

to be announced


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