The program aspires to train a select group of qualified researchers in linguistics and lexicography, with the special aim of addressing issues of Arabic language and the study of theoretical and applied linguistics. With this training, the program hopes to fill the gaps observed in the field of Arabic lexicography. 

The program encompasses all components of the study of modern linguistics: phonology, morphology, lexicon, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, in addition to the main components of lexicography and terminology and their applications. An inter-disciplinary approach is built into the program's structure, making use of courses in practical linguistics such as sociolinguistics, functional linguistics, discourse analysis, philosophy of language, and computational linguistics. Students will have the opportunity to elect courses of their choice.

The program is taught, designed, and administered by professors who are not only prominent in their fields of study, but have also made clear contributions to the development of theoretical linguistics, in Arabic lexicography, and in utilizing general linguistic knowledge to address issues pertaining to the Arabic language. 

Students are required to study the two courses (3 credits each) listed below:​

LAL 611 General Linguistics:  This course introduces the subject of linguistics and gives a general overview of the major methodological transformations that have taken place in contemporary linguistic research. It focuses on key concepts such as mind, the language faculty, universals and mediums, idealization, modeling, (mathematical) formalism, and epistemological flexibility. Students will gain a clear idea of the relationships between the components of language and their levels in the context of formal-mathematical models, and at the end of the course will be able to analyze natural language. DOWNLOAD FULL COURSE OUTLINE HERE. 

​LAL 612  Arabic Lexicography: This course provides a general introduction to Arabic lexicography. It concentrates on the development and methodologies of Arabic dictionary writing, and the extent to which these methodologies are able to meet the needs of a linguistic community. It also aims to elucidate efforts in Arabic terminology, with a focus on the various methodologies for writing terminological dictionaries. All of this is evaluated in terms of the principles of dictionary and terminology making while invoking the linguistic, scientific, and cultural space out of which these dictionaries emerged. DOWNLOAD FULL COURSE OUTLINE HERE. ​​​

Students of this program may choose one of two concentration tracks. Two courses of 3 credits each will be required for each concentration track as follows: 

Concentration track 1: Linguistics

LAL 621 Phonology and Morphology: This course presents the phonetic structure of linguistic units and their relationship with morphological structure. It examines how phonological and morphological information is represented by different linguistic models and how to analyze these models and their outcomes. Particular focus is placed on dealing with Arabic–specific issues in phonology and morphology and in comparison with other languages. DOWNLOAD FULL COURSE OUTLINE HERE.

LAL 622 Syntax and Semantics: This course introduces the latest models of syntax and their applications to Arabic in comparison with other languages such as English, French, Chinese, and Russian. It deals with linguistic categories, phrase structure, linkage, coordination, declension and so on. It also introduces semantics from the latest linguistic perspectives and their application to Arabic as distinct from other languages, with a focus on the relationship between syntax and semantics. DOWNLOAD FULL COURSE OUTLINE HERE.

​Concentration track 2: ​​​Arabic Lexicography​