Abdulkafi Albirini

Associate Professor of Linguistics and Arabic

Contact Information:
0720 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, Utah 84322-0720

(435) 797-8630
Office: Main 202H

Educational Background
         PhD, Linguistics (SLA, Sociolinguistics), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          PhD, Technologies of Instruction and Media , The Ohio State University, Columbus

Current Research Interests
        First, Second, and Heritage Language Acquisition

       LING 6010: Research in Second Language Learning
            LING 4100: Study of Language
            LING 3100: Language in Context
         ARBC 4040: Intro to Arabic Culture
            ARBC 3030: Intro to Islam


·         Albirini, A. (2015). Modern Arabic sociolinguistics: Diglossia, variation, codeswitching, attitudes,
       and identity.
London & New York: Routledge.

·         Albirini, A. (2009). Teachers’ attitudes to ICT implementation in schools: The case of Syrian EFL
. Germany: VDM Verlag Publishing House.

 Select Journal Articles:
·      Albirini, A. & Chakrani, B.(2016). Switching codes and registers: An analysis of heritage Arabic speakers'
       sociolinguistic competence.  International Journal of Bilingualism.  doi:10.1177/1367006915626587

·         Albirini, A. (2015). Factors affecting the acquisition of plural morphology in Jordanian Arabic.
       Journal of Child
Language, 42(4), 734-762.

·         Albirini, A. & Benmamoun, E. (2015). Factors affecting the retention of sentential negation in heritage
 Egyptian Arabic. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 8(3), 470-489.

·         Albirini, A. & Benmamoun, E. (2014). Concatenative and non-concatenative plural formation in
 L1, L2, and heritage speakers. Modern Language Journal, 98 (3), 854-871.

·         Albirini, A. (2014). The role of the colloquial varieties in the acquisition of the standard variety: the case
 of  Arabic  heritage speakers. Foreign Language Annals, 47 (3), 447-363.

·         Albirini, A. & Benmamoun, E. (2014). Aspects of second language transfer in the oral production of Egyptian and Palestinian heritage speakers. International Journal of Bilingualism, 18 (3), 244-273.

·         Albirini, A. (2014). The socio-pragmatics of dialectal codeswitching by the Al-‘Keidaat Bedouin
 speakers.  Intercultural Pragmatics, 11 (1), 121–147.

·         Benmamoun, E., Albirini, A., Montrul, S. and Saadah, E. (2014). Arabic plurals and root and pattern
 morphology in Palestinian and Egyptian heritage speakers. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 4 (1),

·         Albirini, A. (2014). Toward understanding the variability in the language proficiencies of Arabic
 heritage  speakers.   International Journal of Bilingualism. 18(6), 730-765.

·         Albirini. A., Benmamoun, E., & Chakrani, B. (2013). Gender and number agreement in the oral production
 of Arabic heritage speakers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 16 (1), 1-18.

·         Albirini, A. (2011). The sociolinguistic functions of codeswitching between standard Arabic and dialectal
 Arabic.  Language in Society, 40,

·         Albirini, A., Benmamoun, A., and Saadah, E. (2011). Grammatical features of Egyptian and Palestinian
       Arabic heritage speakers oral production. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 33, 273– 303.