Ashraf Abdou


Lecturer in Arabic 

Coordinator of Graduate Arabic Teaching

Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies / St Antony’s College



PhD Linguistics (University of Manchester)

MA Teaching Arabic as a Foriegn Language (The American University in Cairo)

MA Arabic Linguistics (Cairo University)

BA Arabic and Islamic Studies (Cairo University)

Research Interests:

Arabic linguistics

Arabic language pedagogy

Arabic phraseology

Arabic lexicography

Current Projects:

Integrating Grammar in the Arabic Curricula. To appear in The Handbook of Teaching and Learning Arabic Grammar: Theory, Practice and Research. London: Routledge.

Courses Taught:

Arabic Grammar

Media Arabic

Modern Standard Arabic

English-Arabic Translation

Recent Publications:

(2019) Corpora and the study of Arabic grammar. Journal of Arabic Studies, 12, KSA.

(2017) Corpora and the study of Arabic vocabulary. In Gebril, A. (Ed.) Handbook of applied linguistics in the Middle East and North Africa. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

(2016) Aspects of the syntactic behavior of Arabic idioms: A corpus analysis. In Journal of Arabic Linguistics,63, pp. 61-86. Heidelberg, Germany.

(2012) Arabic idioms: A corpus-based study. London: Routledge.

(2010) The semantic structure of Arabic idioms. In David Wood (Ed.), Perspectives on formulaic language in acquisition and communication. London: Continuum.

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