Abdel Rahman Mitib Altakhaineh

Doctoral Student in Linguistics (Morphology)Abdel Altakhaineh

Email: a.r.m.s.altakhaineh@ncl.ac.uk

Supervisors

  • Professor Maggie Tallerman
  • Dr William van der Wurff

Thesis

Compounding in English, Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Jordanian Arabic (JA)

It is well known that compounding is one of the most productive processes in morphology. This has led to a large literature, exploring many issues in compounding. Compounding can be defined as a word which itself consists of two or more words, such as the Malay compound mata-hari 'sun', which consists of two words: mata 'eye' and hari 'day' (Fabb 1998: 66). As Lieber and Stekauer (2009: 4) make clear, it is difficult to provide a universally applicable definition of compound, firstly because compound elements in some languages are not free-standing words and secondly because there are often no clear boundaries between compounds and other language properties such as phrases and derived words. Also, there is no comprehensive set of cross-linguistic criteria that can be used to distinguish compounds from phrases. Another unresolved issue in compounding is the headedness of compounds. The criteria based on which the head of a certain construct can be pinpointed are still controversial. Hence, this study mainly aims to propose a definition of compounds that may be applicable cross-linguistically. It also investigates the differences between compounds in English, Modern Standard Arabic (henceforth, MSA) and Jordanian Arabic (henceforth, JA) on the one hand, and other language properties such as phrases on the other. In particular, this study identifies possible types of compounds in MSA and JSA. In addition, it explores the position of the head of compounds and the classification of compounds on the basis of Scalise and Bisetto's (2009) taxonomy.

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in the area of morphology, lexical semantics, morphosyntax, morphophonlogy and sociolinguistics. Also, I am interested in discourse analysis and historical linguistics.

Research Activities

RESEARCH GROUPS

TEACHING

  1. SEL1028 (Introduction to Language Structure 2), Newcastle University, 2014 - 2016.
  2. SEL1012 (Language through Time: Introduction to the History of English), Newcastle University, 2014 - 2016.

CONFERENCES

  1. Presenting a paper at the speaker series 'forum', Newcastle University, 12th May 2014.
  2. 9th Newcastle upon Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics, Newcastle University, 2014.

PUBLICATIONS

Journal articles and books:

  1. Altakhaineh, A. (2008) A Little British Boy: Grammar. Alkarak: Ram.
  2. Altakhaineh, A. and Zibin, A. (2014) Phonologically conditioned morphologically process in Modern Standard Arabic: An analysis of Al-ibdal 'substitution' in ftaʕal pattern using prosodic morphology. International Journal of English Language and Linguistics Research, 2 (1), pp 1-16.
  3. Altakhaineh, A., Jarrah, M. and AlSulayyi, M. (2014) Discourse meanings: An application of Intertextuality perspective. International Journal of Linguistics, 6 (2), pp 85-97.
  4. Zibin, A. and Altakhaineh, A. (2014) Informativity of Arabic proverbs in context: An insight into Palestinian discourse. International Journal of Linguistics, 6 (1), pp 67-83.
  5. Altakhaineh, A. and Zibin, A. (2014) Perception of culturally loaded words by Arab EFL learners. International Journal of Linguistics, 6 (3), pp 1-22.
  6. Altakhaineh, A. (2014) The Interaction between Inflection and Derivation in English and MSA. Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.
  7. Musa, R. and Altakhaineh, A. (2015). An application of Optimality Theory (OT) on syllable structure within reduplication in Hausa spoken in Kano. International Journal of English Language and Linguistics Research, 3(1), pp 37-49.
  8. Altakhaineh, A. and Rahrouh, H. (2015). The use of euphemistic expressions by Arab EFL learners: Evidence from Al Ain University of Science and Technology. International Journal of English Linguistics, 5(1), p14-21.
  9. Zibin, A. and Altakhaineh, A. (2016). Acquiring the English Causative Alternation: Evidence from the University of Jordan. International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature, 5(3), pp.7-15.
  10. Altakhaineh, A. (under review). The Historical Development and Linguistic Features of Acronyms in Arabic.
  11. Altakhaineh, A. (under review). Stress assignment in N + N combinations in Arabic.
  12. Altakhaineh, A. (under review). Identifying N+N compounding in Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Arabic.
  13. Altakhaineh, A. (under review). What is a compound? Cross-linguistic criteria for compoundhood.
  14. Altakhaineh, A. (under review). Identifying Adj + N compounds in Modern Standard Arabic.
  15. Zibin, A. and Altakhaineh, A. (under review). The causative-anticausative alternation in Jordanian Arabic (JA).

ADMINISTRATIVE

  1. Committee member, University Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (ULTSEC), Newcastle University, 2015-2016.
  2. School Rep, School of Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University, 2014 - 2016.
  3. Committee member, PG tutor committee, Newcastle University, 2014 - 2016.
  4. The chair of 10th Newcastle upon Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics, Newcastle University, 2015.
  5. Receiving the (PGR) School Rep award (2014-2015) at the NUSU Academic Rep Awards.
  6. Panel member, Innovation Fund Panel, Newcastle University, 2013-2014.
  7. Course representative, Postgraduate Staff Student Committee, Newcastle University, 2013-2014.
  8. Course representative, Postgraduate Staff Student Committee, University of Salford, 2009-2010.
  9. Student ambassador at the University of Salford, 2009-2010.

Academic Background

  • MA in Applied Linguistics, Salford University, UK, 2010.
  • BA English Language and Literature, Mutah University, Jordan, 2006.

Website

Newcastle University - Abdel Altakhaineh