Abdel Rahman Mitib Altakhaineh

Doctoral Student in LinguisticsAbdel Altakhaineh

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

Supervisors

  • Professor Maggie Tallerman
  • Dr William van der Wurff

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. 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 (MSA) and Jordanian Arabic (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 in 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 and morphophonology. Also, I am interested in discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.

Research Activities

RESEARCH GROUPS

TEACHING

  1. SEL1028 (Introduction to Language Structure 2) and SEL1012 (Language through Time: Introduction to the History of English), Newcastle University, 2014 to present.
  2. Teaching English language skills as well as IELTS preparation courses, UAE, 2011 -2013.
  3. English language teacher, Future International School, UAE, 2011-2013.
  4. Teaching English language (Academic Writing skills and Phonetics) at Abraham Moss Secondary school (Libyan period), Manchester-UK between 18th of October 2010 to 2nd of June 2011.

CONFERENCES

  • Presenting a paper at the SELLL Speaker Series, Newcastle University, 12th May 2014.
  • 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.

Web articles:

  1. Altakhaineh, A. (2010) The main characteristics of good academic writing in English, language discourse functions, and challenges that Arab students face. Articlesbase Online Website.
  2. Altakhaineh, A. (2011) The main theories in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). Articlesbase Online Website.
  3. Altakhaineh, A. (2011) Polysemy in English and Arabic. Articlesbase Online Website.
  4. Altakhaineh, A. (2011) The role and significance of the writer, the text and the reader in the teaching of writing. Articlesbase Online Website.
  5. Altakhaineh, A. (2013) The different aspects of "knowing a word" and the implications of this for vocabulary learning and teaching. Articlesbase Online Website.

ADMINISTRATIVE

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