Dr Ghada Khattab
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- Address: Room 1.05 KGVI
School of ECLS
King George VI Building
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
I received my first degree in English Language from the American University in Beirut in 1994. I then studied for a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and taught in a secondary school in Beirut for three years. In 1997, I came over to the UK to study for my MA in Linguistics and English Language Teaching at the University of Leeds. During that year, I gained an interest in more theoretical aspects of linguistics and in bilingual acquisition, particularly the acquisition of phonetics and phonology. So I went on to study speech production by English-Arabic bilingual children for my PhD, which I obtained from Leeds in 2003. Since then I have been working at Newcastle where I am now a Senior Lecturer in Phonetics.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Personal tutor for the MSc in Language Pathology students
- Organiser of the Speech and Language Sciences Research Seminars Programme
- Fire Warden for King George VI building
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
1991-1994 BA English Language, English Department
1994-1995 Teaching Diploma in TEFL, Education Department
Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, UK
1997-1998 MA Linguistics and ELT: Distinction
1998-2003 PhD Linguistics
1995-1997 Hariri High School II, Beirut, Lebanon
English teacher, primary and secondary level.
1998-2002 Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds
Tutor for the following modules offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels: Linguistics, General Phonetics, Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology, Instrumental Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Morphology.
2000-2002 Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York.
Part-time lecturer for the following modules: Research in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Psycholinguistics, Phonetics and Phonology of Second Language Acquisition.
2002- Speech & Language Section, University of Newcastle.
British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP)
International Phonetic Association
Linguistic Association of Great Britain (LAGB)
Honours and Awards
UTLC (University Teaching and Learning Committee) INNOVATION FUND 2006: Online resource for practical phonetics (with Gerry Docherty)
Arabic, English and French
I am very interested in sports. Basketball is my long-standing hobby and I have played it both at a professional level (I played for a club in the Lebanon for 5 years ) and at a more leisurely level at the University of Leeds (I played for the women's basketball team for 4 years). Swimming is another hobby of mine which I also competed in between the ages of 12 and 18. Since 2001, I've taken up long distance running and I regularly participate in two main events in Newcastle: Bladon and The Great North Run.
Monolingual and bilingual phonological acquisition; phonetics/phonology and sociolinguistics; foreign accent
Second language phonology
2010-2012: Baseline Data for Arabic Acquisition with Clinical Applications: www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/research/project/2946
2009-2011: Psychological Significance of Production Templates in Phonological and Lexical Advance: A Cross-Linguistic Study: www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/research/project/2897.
2009-2011: Assessment of Children from a Bi-or Multilingual Context at Risk for Language Impairment: www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/research/project/2941
2007-2010: Phonological acquisition in multilingual settings: the case of Lebanese Arabic: www.ncl.ac.uk/ecls/research/project/2086
2006-2008: Assessment and Management of Children with English as an Additional Language who have Communication Impairments: Finding a New Way Forward: www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/research/project/2451
My work with English-Arabic bilinguals has made me aware of the need for more work on Arabic phonetics/phonology, so my future research will concentrate on the phonetics and phonology of Lebanese Arabic and on the monolingual and multilingual acquisition of Arabic.
Member of the College of Peer Reviewers for the Humanities and Arts and Sciences Faculty
I would be happy to supervise work on monolingual and bilingual phonological acquisition, sociolinguistics (particularly issues related to bilingual development, but also accent and dialect acquisition), and foreign accent.
Current PhD students:
1. Reenu Punnoose: A phonetic and phonological investigation of liquids in Malaylam
2. Wasan AlSiraih: Voice Quality in Iraqi Arabic.
3. Shaima Al-Qattan: Phonological acquisition in Kuwaiti Arabic
Previous PhD students:
1. Faisal Al Jasser (2008). Phonotactic probability and phonotactic constraints: processing and lexical segmentation by Arabic learners of English as a foreign language.(co-supervised with Martha Young-Scholten).
2. Albashir Ahmed (2008): Production and Perception of Libyan Arabic Vowels.
3. Hanan Taqi (2009): Two dialects, three generations: dialect contact in Kuwait.
4. Hussin Kriba (2010): Perception and production of pharygealized consonants in Libyan Arabic
Ruba Moawad (2006). The Acquisition of the Arabic Gender and Number Systems. PhD, University of Wales, Bangor.
Eman Abdo (2010): A study of the phonological structure and representation of first words in Arabic. PhD, University of Leicester.
Yu-Lin Cheng (2007). A Study on Time Costs of Processing Mixed-Language Speech. PhD, Newcastle University. (with Jean-Marc Dewaele as external examiner).
Thora Masdottir (2008). Phonological development and disorders in Icelandic-speaking children. PhD, Newcastle University. (with Fiona Gibbon as external examiner).
Cristina McKean (2010). Investigating the development of a developmental disorder: Mapping the trajectory of lexical development in Specific Language Disorder. PhD, Newcastle University. (with Shula Chiat as external examiner).
2010-2012: Qatar National Research Fund: Baseline Data for Arabic Acquisition with Clinical Applications. Co-PI with Kimary Shahin (Qatar University), Haifa Al-Buainain (Qatar University), Abdulsalam Al-Haidary (McGill University), Feda Al-Tamimi (Jordan University of Science and Technology). Budget: $975,687
2009-2011: ESRC large grant: Psychological significance of production templates in phonological and lexical advance: A cross-linguistic study. Co-PI with Marilyn Vihman (York), Tamar Keren-Portnoy (York), Rory DePaolis (James Maddieson), and Sophie Wauquier (CNRS Paris). Budget: £592,104
2009-2011: ESRC Seminar Series (Co-PI with Carolyn Letts): Assessment of children from a bi- or multilingual context at risk for language impairment.. Budget: £14.950.
ESRC First Grant: Phonological acquisition in multilingual settings: the case of Lebanese Arabic, £363,525.96
Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France. 'Construction des connaissances langagières, diversité des usages, contextes sociolinguistiques'. Named UK co-investigator with Paul Foulkes (University of York), Gerry Docherty (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), James Scobbie (Queen Margaret University), Jennifer Smith (University of Glasgow), and Dominic Watt (University of York). Award: 48,170 euro.
ESRC seminar series (with Carolyn Letts): Assessment and Management of Children with English as an Additional Language who have Communication Impairments: Finding a New Way Forward, £15,325.98
2003-2005: Arts and Humanities Research Fund 10: Acquisition of geminate consonants by Arabic children, £920
British Academy Travel grants: 15th ICPhS 2003; 75th ASA Meeting, 2004, 11th ICPLA conference
SPE1024/SPE8103: Phonetics I: Speaker, Speech and Language
SPE2024/SPE8210: Phonetics II: Gesture, Segment, Prosody
SPE206: Speech Perception and Production
SPE8016/SPE8020: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
SPE2025: Linguistics II: Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism
- Al-Tamimi J, Khattab G. Acoustic cue weighting in the singleton vs geminate contrast in Lebanese Arabic: The case of fricative consonants. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2015, 138(1), 344-360.
- Kitikanan P, Al-Tamimi J, Khattab G. An acoustic investigation of the production of English /s/ by L2 Thai learners. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 2015, Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow.
- Nimz K, Khattab G. L2 sound perception: Does orthography matter?. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 2015, Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow.
- Khattab G, Al-Tamimi J. The acquisition of gemination in Lebanese-Arabic children. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 2015, Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow.
- Binti Faizal S, Khattab G, McKean C. The Qur’an Lexicon Project: A database of lexical statistics and phonotactic probabilities for 19,286 contextually and phonetically transcribed types in Qur’anic Arabic. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 2015, Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow.
- Khamis-Dakwar R, Khattab G. Cultural and Linguistic Considerations in Language Assessment and Intervention for Levantine Arabic Speaking Children. SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations 2014, 21(3), 78-87.
- Khattab G, Al-Tamimi J. Geminate timing in Lebanese Arabic: the relationship between phonetic timing and phonological structure. Laboratory Phonology 2014, 5(2), 231–269.
- Khattab G, Al-Tamimi J. Influence of geminate structure on early Arabic templatic patterns. In: Vihman, M., Keren-Portnoy, T, ed. The Emergence of Phonology: Whole-word Approaches and Cross-linguistic Evidence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp.374-414.
- Khattab G. Phonetic convergence and divergence strategies in English-Arabic bilingual children. Linguistics 2013, 51(2), 439-472.
- Punnoose R, Khattab G, Al-Tamimi J. The contested fifth liquid in Malayalam: a window into the lateral-rhotic relationship in Dravidian languages. Phonetica 2013, 70(4), 274-297.
- Khattab G. Acquisition of Lebanese Arabic and Yorkshire English /l/ by bilingual and monolingual children: a comparative spectrographic study. In: Hassan, Z.M., Heselwood, B, ed. Instrumental studies in Arabic phonetics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2011, pp.325-354.
- Al-Tamimi J, Khattab G. Multiple Cues for the Singleton-Geminate Contrast in Lebanese Arabic: Acoustic Investigation of Stops and Fricatives. In: 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). 2011, Hong Kong.
- Punnoose R, Khattab G. Phonetic and Phonological Investigation of the Fifth Liquid in Malayalam: Evidence for Rhotic Characteristics. In: 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 2011, Hong Kong.
- Stow C, Pert S, Khattab G. Translation to practice: Sociolinguistic and cultural considerations when working with the Pakistani heritage community in England, UK. In: McLeod, S., Goldstein, B.A, ed. Multilingual Aspects of Speech Sound Disorders in Children. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters, 2011.
- Shahin K, Al-Buainain H, Alhaidary A, Al-Tamimi F, Khattab G. Baseline data for Arabic acquisition with clinical applications: E-content challenges to-date. In: Proceedings of ICERI 2010 Conference. 2010, Valencia, Spain: International Association of Technology, Education and Development.
- Foulkes P, Docherty GJ, Khattab G, Yaeger-Dror M. Sound Judgments: Perception of Indexical Features in Children's Speech. In: Preston, D., Niedzielski, N, ed. A Reader in Sociophonetics. New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 2010, pp.327-356.
- Khattab G, Roberts J. Working with Children. In: Di Paolo, M., Yaeger-Dror, M, ed. Sociophonetics: A Student's Guide. London and New York: Routledge, 2010, pp.163-178.
- Khattab G. Phonetic accommodation in children’s code-switching. In: Bullock, BE; Toribio, AJ, ed. The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Code-switching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp.142-160.
- Vihman MM, Keren-Portnoy T, De Paolis RA, Khattab G. Phonological Development: Typical children vs. Late Talkers. In: BUCLD 33: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. 2009, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
- Khattab G, Al-Tamimi J. Durational Cues for Gemination in Lebanese Arabic. Languages and Linguistics 2008, 11(22), 39-56.
- Docherty GJ, Khattab G. Sociophonetics and Clinical Linguistics. In: Ball, M., Perkins, M., Müller, N., Howard, S, ed. The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2008, pp.603-625.
- Khattab G. A phonetic study of gemination in Lebanese Arabic. In: Special session on ‘Arabic at the beginning of the 2nd Millenium’ at the the 16th International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences. 2007, Saarbruecken, Germany: Universitaet des Saarlandes.
- Khattab G. Lebanese speech acquisition. In: McLeod, S, ed. The International Guide to Speech Acquisition. USA: Thomson Delmar Learning, 2007, pp.300-312.
- Khattab G. Variation in vowel production by English-Arabic bilinguals. In: Hualde, JI; Cole, J, ed. Laboratory Phonology. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2007, pp.383-410.
- Khattab G, Al-Tamimi F, Heselwood B. Acoustic and auditory differences in the /t/-/t/ opposition in male and female speakers of Jordanian Arabic. In: Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XVI: Papers from the sixteenth annual symposium on Arabic linguistics. 2006, Cambridge, UK: John Benjamins.
- Khattab G. Phonological acquisition by Arabic-English bilingual children. In: Hua, Z; Dodd, BJ, ed. Phonological Development and Disorders in Children: A Multilingual Perspective. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd, 2006, pp.383-412.
- Khattab G. Child Bilingualism. In: Eid, M; Elgibali, A; Versteegh, K; Woidich, M; Zaborski, A, ed. Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2005.
- Khattab G. Age, input, and language mode factors in the acquisition of VOT by English-Arabic bilingual children. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 2003, Barcelona, Spain: Causal Productions.
- Khattab G. /l/ production in English-Arabic bilingual speakers. International Journal of Bilingualism 2002, 6(3), 335-353.
- Khattab G. /r/ production in English and Arabic bilingual and monolingual speakers. Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics & Phonetics 2002, 9(1), 91–129.
- Khattab G. [PhD Thesis] Sociolinguistic competence and the bilingual’s adoption of phonetic variants: auditory and instrumental data from English-Arabic bilinguals. Leeds, UK: University of Leeds, 2002.
- Khattab G. VOT in English and Arabic bilingual and monolingual children. In: Parkinson, D Benmamoun, E, ed. Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XIII-XIV. Papers from the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Annual Symposia on Arabic Linguistics. Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co, 2002, pp.1-38.
- Khattab G. VOT in English and Arabic bilingual and monolingual children. Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics & Phonetics 2000, 8(1), 95-122.
- Khattab G. A socio-phonetic study of English-Arabic bilingual children. Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics & Phonetics 1999, 7(1), 79-94.