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Lina Choueiri (Transcription:/li:na shuejri/ - Arabic: لينا شويري) is an Associate Professor in Linguistics at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She was the Chairperson of the department of English from 2006 to 2009.

Her research in Syntax mainly focuses on Lebanese Arabic and related semitic languages. She works within the generative framework.



Within the study of grammar in the Generative linguistics approach, Lina's research interests follow three lines of inquiry:

  1. the application of formal grammars to the study of human language,
  2. the comparative syntax of Semitic languages, and
  3. the status of the syntactic component of the grammar with respect to the other components (i.e. phonological and semantic).

The empirical domain of her research revolves around the notion of 'displacement' and the relationship between pronouns and their antecedents in constructions like questions and relative clauses. Some of her recent publications include articles in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistic Inquiry, and the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics. The Syntax of Arabic, which she co-authored with Joseph Aoun and Elabbas Benmamoun was published by Cambridge University Press. She had been a faculty member in the English Department, at AUB, and a member of CELRT since Fall 2000.

Selected Publications

Joseph Aoun, Lina Choueiri - 2009 - The Syntax of Arabic - Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521659868 (0-521-65986-8)
Papers and chapters:
Aoun, Joseph and Lina Choueiri - 1999 - “Modes of Interrogation”. In Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics, Benmamoun, Elabbas (ed.), 7 ff.
J Aoun, L Choueiri, N Hornstein - 2001 - Resumption, Movement, and Derivational Economy - Linguistic Inquiry - MIT Press
J Aoun, L Choueiri - 2000 - Epithets - Natural Language & Linguistic Theory - Springer


PhD - Linguistics - University of Southern California, 2001
MA - Linguistics - University of Southern California
MS - Linguistics - Georgetown University - 1993
BA - French - Université Saint-Joseph - 1991
BA - Mathematics - American University of Beirut - 1989


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