Professor, Arabic Program Coordinator, Linguistics and Arabic
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
325 HB Crouse Hall
Middle Eastern Studies
- Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Florida (2008).
- M.A. in Linguistics, University of Florida (2005).
- Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Florida (2005).
- Arabic Instructor Training Seminar, Middlebury College (2004).
- Teacher’s Training Course, Al-Baath University, Syria (2001).
- Higher Studies Diploma in English Literary Studies, Al-Baath University, Syria (2000).
- B.A. in English Literature, Al-Baath University, Syria (1999).
- ARB 102: Arabic II
- ARB 301: Arabic V
- ARB 302: Arabic VI
- CAS 101: First Year Forum
- LIN 371-671: Dimensions of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism
- LIN 373-673: Language Variation and Change
- ARB 326/LIN 326-626: Structure of Standard Arabic
- ARB/LIT/MES 336: Arabic Cultures
- ANT/LIN 374-674 / SOC 372-672: Topics in Sociolinguistics
Dr. Habib specializes in sociolinguistics particularly language variation and change. She is also interested in bilingualism, cross-cultural communication, child and adolescent language, second dialect/language acquisition, pragmatics, phonology, morphophonology, and Syntax. Her research focuses on linguistic variation and change in rural and urban varieties of Syrian Arabic, applying diverse quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis and exploring the interaction among and influence of diverse factors on language variation and change – linguistic, social, psychological, and pragmatic.
- Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University. Affiliated with Middle Eastern Studies Program, 2023-Present.
- Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University. Affiliated with Middle Eastern Studies Program, 2015-2023.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University. Affiliated with Middle Eastern Studies Program, 2008-2015.
- Visiting Lecturer, Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Florida, 2007-2008.
- Graduate Assistant and Adjunct Lecturer, Linguistics Program, University of Florida, 2003- 2005 & 2006-2007.
- Research Assistant, Linguistics Program, University of Florida, 2005-2006.
- Associate Director, The Language Institute, Al-Baath University, Syria, 2001-2003.
- Instructor, The Language Institute, Al-Baath University, Syria, 2000-2003.
- Instructor, Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, Al-Baath University, Syria, 2000-2001.
- Coordinator of the Arabic Program, Syracuse University, 2008-present.
- Associate Director of The Language Institute, Al-Baath University, Syria, 2001-2003.
Habib, Rania (Ed.). 2001. Proceedings of the 1st International English Teaching Conference: “Practical Issues in Teaching and Evaluating English as a Foreign Language”. Hims, Syria: Al-Baath University Press.
Habib, Rania. 2023. Syrian Arabic Negators’ Structural and Social Variation: Evidence from a Supralocal-Negation Variety. Journal of Arabic Sociolinguistics 1(1), 1-25. https://doi.org/10.3366/arabic.2023.0003
Habib, Rania. 2022. Arabic songs: An affective forum for combating COVID-19 and other insecurities. Text & Talk: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies. First published online August 26, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2021-0042
Habib, Rania. 2022. Metathesis in Syrian Arabic: Types and Conditioning Factors. Journal of Universal Language 23(1), 1-34. DOI: 10.22425/jul.2022.23.1.1
Brown, A., Bennett, C., Bulman, G., Giannini, S., Habib, R., & Ticio, E. 2022. Machine Translation: An Entrenched Chasm between Language Students and Teachers. Centre of Applied Linguistics Research (CALR) Linguistics Journal 12. Article 3. https://web.aou.edu.lb/research/online-journals/Pages/CALR---Issue-12.aspx
Habib, Rania. 2022. Evidence of variable gender role in defining language change leadership in Syrian Arabic. International Journal of Arabic-English Studies (IJAES) 22(1), 143-166. doi: 10.33806/ijaes2000.22.1.8.
Habib, Rania. 2021. The use of the discourse markers yaʕni and ʔinnu: ‘I mean’ in Syrian Arabic. Journal of Pragmatics 178, 245-257. doi: 10.1016/j.pragma.2021.03.025.
Habib, Rania. 2017. Children's deviation in the acquisition of variable linguistic gender patterns. Macrolinguistics 5(6), 65-94. doi: 10.26478/ja2017.5.6.4.
Habib, Rania. 2017. Parents and their children’s variable language: Is it acquisition or more? Journal of Child Language, 44(3), 628-649. (First view/Published online March 11, 2016). doi: 10.1017/S0305000916000155.
Habib, Rania. 2016. Identity, ideology, and attitude in Syrian rural child and adolescent speech. Linguistic Variation 16(1), 34-67.
Habib, Rania. 2016. Bidirectional linguistic change in rural child and adolescent language in Syria. Dialectologia 16, 117-141. http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Dialectologia/article/view/306619/396614
Habib, Rania. 2014. Vowel variation and reverse acquisition in rural Syrian child and adolescent language. Language Variation and Change 26(1), 45-75.
Habib, Rania. 2012. ’Imala and rounding in a rural Syrian variety: Morpho-phonological and lexical conditioning. Canadian Journal of Linguistics 57(1), 51-75.
Habib, Rania. 2011. Meaningful variation and bidirectional change in rural child and adolescent language. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 17(2), 81-90, Article 10. http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol17/iss2/10
Habib, Rania. 2011. Frequency effects and the lexical split in the use of [t] and [s] and [d] and [z] in the Syrian Arabic of Christian Rural Migrants. Journal of Historical Linguistics 1(1), 77-105.
Habib, Rania. 2011. New model for bilingual minds in sociolinguistic variation situations: Interacting social and linguistic constraints. International Journal of Psychology Research 6(6), 707-760.
Habib, Rania. 2010. Rural Migration and Language Variation in Hims, Syria. SKY Journal of Linguistics 23, 61-99. http://www.linguistics.fi/julkaisut/sky2010.shtml
Habib, Rania. 2010. Word Frequency and the Acquisition of the Arabic Urban Prestigious Form [ʔ]. Glossa 5 (2), 198-219. Available at: http://ut.pr/biblioteca/Glossa2/Journal/Oct2010/Voloctober2010.htm
Habib, Rania. 2010. Towards determining social class in Arabic-speaking communities and implications for linguistic variation. Sociolinguistic Studies 4 (1), 175-200.
Habib, Rania. 2008. Humor and disagreement: Identity construction and cross-cultural enrichment. Journal of Pragmatics 40 (6), 1117-1145.
Brown, A., Bulman, G., Habib, R, Ticio, E., & Giannini, S. 2022. Developing a CLAC Program: Evolving Perspectives from Administrators, Faculty, and Students. In India Plough and Welore Tamboura (Eds.), Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum in Higher Education: Harnessing the Transformative Potentials of CLAC across Disciplines [Routledge Research in Higher Education Series], 39-55. Routledge.
Habib, Rania. 2018. Use of Standard Arabic [q]-Lexical-Borrowings in Syrian Rural Migrant Speech. In Elizabeth Seale and Christine Mallinson (Eds.), Rural Voices: Language, Identity, and Social Change across Place [Studies in Urban-Rural Dynamics Series], 127-142. Lehman, MD: Lexington Books by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.
Habib, Rania. 2018. How to uncover social variables. In Christine Mallinson, Becky Childs, and Gerard Van Herk (Eds.), Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (Second Edition), 30-32. London/New York: Routledge-Taylor & Francis Groups.
Habib, Rania. 2018. The effect of TV and internal and external contact on variation in rural child language. In Reem Bassiouney (Ed.), Identity and Dialect Performance: A Study of Communities and Dialects [Routledge Studies in Language and Identity Series], 340-355. New York: Routledge.
Habib, Rania. 2013. How to uncover social variables. In Christine Mallinson, Becky Childs, and Gerard Van Herk (Eds.), Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (First Edition), 29-32. London/New York: Routledge-Taylor & Francis Groups.
Habib, Rania. 2011. Sequential Development in Sociolinguistic Methodology. In Edmund T. Spencer, Sociolinguistics [Languages and Linguistics Series], 27-45. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Habib, Rania. 2011. New Model for Analyzing Sociolinguistic Variation: Introducing Social Constraints to Stochastic Optimality Theory. In Edmund T. Spencer, Sociolinguistics [Languages and Linguistics Series], 47-97. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Habib, Rania. 2009. The syntax of the Standard Arabic particles ʔan and ʔanna. In Kleanthes Grohmann andPhoevos Panagiotidis (Eds.), Selected Papers from the 2006 Cyprus Syntaxfest, 159-194. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Habib, Rania. 2018. Standard Arabic [q]-Lexical-Borrowings in the Speech of Syrian Rural Migrants. Proceedings of the Linguistics Society of America 3. 51: 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v3i1.4348
Habib, Rania. 2001. Developing materials for the English class. Proceedings of the 1st International English Teaching Conference, 32-36. Hims: Al-Baath University Press.
Habib, Rania. 2007. Review of Introducing Sociolinguistics by Miriam Meyerhoff. (London & New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)), 2006. LINGUIST List issue number 18.2420. http://linguistlist.org/issues/18/18-2420.html
Habib, Rania. 2007. Review of Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XVI: Papers from the Sixteenth Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 266) ed. by Sami Boudelaa (Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2006). LINGUIST List issue number 18.554. http://linguistlist.org/issues/18/18-554.html#1
Habib, Rania. 2006. Volunteering to Enrich American School Children. In the Fulbright Alumni Newsletter, Fulbright Focus (The AMIDEAST Alumni Newsletter of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program), Spring/Summer 2006 edition.