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Dr. Elizabeth M. Bergman

Dr. Elizabeth Bergman

Dr. Elizabeth M. Bergman
Associate Professor

Education

  • 1992 - Ph.D. - University of Michigan, Near Eastern Studies
    Dissertation:  “What the Old Ones Said:  The Syntax of the Moroccan Arabic Proverb," Ernest N. McCarus, Chair.  
  • 1987 - M.A. - University of Michigan, Near Eastern Studies.
  • 1978 - B.Sc. - Georgetown University, Arabic Language and Linguistics.

Current position

2012 – present
Miami University of Ohio, Associate Professor of Arabic and Coordinator of the Arabic Program

2008 – 2012   
Miami University of Ohio, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Coordinator of the Arabic Program

  • Established minor in Arabic as of Fall 2011.
  • Taught Beginning Arabic (ARB 101-102), Intermediate Arabic (ARB 201-202), Advanced Arabic (ARB 301), and Arabic Media (ARB 311).
  • Established and taught new courses:  Contemporary Spoken Arabic (ARB 110) and Arabic Literature in Translation (ARB 230).  Established new course Arabic Media (ARB 311) and developed Thematic Sequence:  Developing Language Skills in Arabic.
  • Integrated spoken Arabic into the Arabic curriculum.
  • Organized the GREAL Bicentennial Language Fair, 06 October 2009, and two-day conference, “Critical Languages and Globalization at Miami,” 06 – 07 November 2008.

Other positions held

2007 - 2015
American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA), Executive Director

  • Supervised the transition of the Al-‘Arabiyya, AATA’s annual, peer-reviewed journal, to publication under the auspices of Georgetown University Press.
  • Directed the transfer of Al-‘Arabiyya archives to JSTOR for digitizing, making the complete run of the journal available online for the first time. 
  • Edited the AATA Newsletter, a monthly electronic publication (20 pp. average length) that goes out to some 350 Arabic language professionals worldwide.
  • Provided current, detailed information on Arabic and on Arabic language teaching to faculty and administration in colleges and university, K-12 institutions, government language institutes, and private language schools, and give interviews to the media.
  • Published Al-‘Arabiyya, AATA’s annual, peer-reviewed journal, until Georgetown University Press took over publication and distribution in 2014.
  • Organized panels, made nominations for election, and recognized colleagues, working with the AATA Executive Board.
  • Directed membership, which reached a record high in 2009, and fundraising.

2008
Goucher College, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Lecturer

  • Taught Elementary Arabic (ARB 120) and Intermediate Arabic (ARB 130).
  • Established Arabic Table (lunchtime Arabic meeting) in response to student interest.

2005 – 2007
Georgetown University, Center for Advanced Proficiency in Arabic, Program Director

  • Planned and implemented innovative, intensive Arabic language curriculum at advanced levels, with content-based and professional skills courses. 
  • Directed the selection of over 300 authentic written, audio, and video texts, and the writing of extensive supporting materials.
  • Hired and supervised 11 full- and part-time instructors; provide professional development for instructors.
  • Planned and implemented an annual budget of $500,000.

2004 - 2005
Georgetown University, Department of Arabic Language, Linguistics, and Literature, Adjunct Assistant Professor

  • Courses taught:  Field Methods in Arabic Dialectology (graduate course), Formal Spoken Arabic (advanced Arabic).
  • Dissertation Committee, Hana al-Zabara, Al-Zajjaji’s Jumal:  Patterns in Grammatical Discourse.  Submitted to the Graduate School, Georgetown University in December 2005.

1999 - 2005
LRC/McNeil Technologies, Senior Linguist

  • Authored Spoken Algerian Arabic and Spoken Sudanese Arabic:  Grammar, dialogues, and glossary, original research based on recorded materials; co-authored Sketch Grammar of Spoken Iraqi Arabic
  • Supervised language professionals working on- and off-site on Iraqi Arabic, Libyan Arabic, and Mauritanian Arabic; supervised selection and translation of texts for the Defense Language Proficiency Test in Arabic and Turkish (ILR Levels 3 - 5); translated Arabic texts for DLPT.

1998 - 1999
College of William and Mary, Modern Languages and Literatures, Visiting Assistant Professor   

  • Courses taught:  Intermediate Arabic; Survey of Arabic Literature in Translation; Directed Readings in Arabic.

1997 - 1998
University of Georgia, Comparative Literature, Adjunct Professor

  • Courses taught:  Language, Gender, and Culture; Spoken Arabic for Research and Study Abroad.

1993 - 1997
Columbia University, Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Lecturer

  • Courses taught:  Elementary Arabic for Communication, Intermediate Arabic for Communication, Media Arabic (advanced Arabic), Language in Modern Arabic Letters (advanced Arabic) Masterpieces of Western Literature and Philosophy (Great Books). 

1992 - 1993
University of Minnesota, Afro-American and African Studies, Visiting Assistant Professor         

  • Courses taught:  Beginning Arabic; Advanced Arabic; Arabic Literature of Africa in Translation.

1986 - 1992
University of Michigan, Near Eastern Studies, Teaching Assistant for Arabic

1981 - 1984
Middle East Institute, Washington, DC, Director of Educational Programs

Public Scholarship

National credentialing program for interpreters  (2000 - present) 

  • Since 2016, the only lead rater for one variety of colloquial Arabic and one of three raters for that variety. 
  • Consult on composition of new colloquial Arabic certification examination for court interpreters; consult on revisions to current colloquial Arabic examinations.
  • Train consultants to write Arabic screening examinations for court interpreters; consult on issues of policy and performance.

Taalstudio, Netherlands (2004 - present) 

  • Research and write language analysis reports on behalf of applicants for political asylum.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom, LLP (2010)

  • Research and write language analysis reports on behalf of applicants for political asylum.

National Foreign Language Center, Arabic Variants Identification Project (2008)

  • Served as Arabic Video Expert for “Algerian Arabic” and “Sudanese Arabic,” narrating two videos and reviewing the video scripts for accuracy. 

Startalk Project Reviewer, National Foreign Language Center, College Park, MD (2007 – present).

  • Review summer Arabic language programs in for high school students and professional development programs for Arabic language teachers.

LangNet Arabic Assessment Objects Project.  National Foreign Language Center, College Park, MD (2005).

  • Reviewed online instructional modules for Arabic (ILR Levels 3 and higher) to train government linguists.   

Arabic Variant Identification Aid for Urban Palestinian Arabic and Urban Yemeni Arabic. Center for Advanced Study of Language, College Park, MD (2003 - 2004). 

  • Review content and language samples for online instructional modules to train government linguists.

Arabic Court Interpreter Screening Program, Administrative Office of the Courts, New Jersey (1995 - present).

  • Advise on policy at the state level, write Arabic screening examinations for court interpreters, and assess examinee performance.

Languages

  • Arabic: Classical Arabic (Superior reading); Modern Standard Arabic (Superior speaking, reading, listening, writing); Jordanian, Egyptian and Moroccan Arabic (Superior); Algerian, Iraqi, and Sudanese (Advanced).
  • French (Advanced speaking, reading, listening, writing)
  • Modern Turkish (Intermediate speaking, reading, listening, writing)
  • German (Intermediate reading)         
  • Spanish (Intermediate speaking, reading, listening, writing)
  • Italian (Intermediate reading)

Publications

Books

  • Spoken Algerian Arabic.  Publications of the African Language Project. Springfield, VA:  Dunwoody, 2005.
  • Sketch Grammar of Spoken Iraqi Arabic (with Eerik Dickinson). Springfield, VA:  Dunwoody, 2005.
  • Spoken Sudanese Arabic:  Grammar, dialogues, and glossary.  Publications of the African Language Project.  Springfield, VA:  Dunwoody, 2002.

Articles

  • “The More Things Change:  A Learner’s Perspective on Learning Another Arabic Dialect.”  Forthcoming.  Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages Volume 9, 1 (Spring 2011).
  • Robert Joe Lee, Elizabeth M. Bergman, and Aziz Ismail.  “Becoming an Arabic Court Interpreter” (Rev. ed.)  Williamsburg, VA:  National Center for State Courts, 2010.  http://www.ncsc.org/education-and-careers/state-interpreter-certification.aspx
  • “Introducing Arabic:  Meeting the Challenges” in Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Volume 6:  2009.
  • “Foreword” to Ernest T. Abdel-Massih, Zaki N. Abdel-Malek, El-Said M. Badawi, with Ernest N. McCarus, Reference Grammar of Egyptian Arabic. Georgetown Classics in Arabic Language/Linguistics. 2009
  • Robert Joe Lee, Elizabeth M. Bergman, and Aziz Ismail.  “Becoming an Arabic Court Interpreter.”  Trenton, NJ:  NJ Office of the Courts, 2008. www.judiciary.state.nj.us/interpreters/becomearabic.pdf
  • “Orality” in Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics. Ed. Kees Versteegh.  Leiden, Boston:  Brill, 2005 - . 
  • “Frozen expression” in Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics.  Vol. 2.  Ed. Kees Versteegh.  Leiden.  Boston:  Brill, 2005 - .
  • “Jargon,” in Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics. Vol. 2.  Ed. Kees Versteegh.  Leiden, Boston:  Brill, 2005 -  . 
  • "Foreword" to Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic:  Arabic - English/English - Arabic.  Eds. Richard S. Harrel and Harvey Sobelman.  Georgetown Classics in Arabic Language and Linguistics.  Washington, DC:  Georgetown UP, 2004.
  • "Foreword" to Dictionary of Syrian Arabic:  English - Arabic.  Eds. Karl Stowasser and Moukhtar Ani.  Georgetown Classics in Arabic Language and Linguistics.  Washington, DC:  Georgetown UP, 2004.
  • “A Proposal for the Classification of Arabic Dialects,” Administrative Office of the Courts of the State of New Jersey.  1998.
  • Ma ti‘raf xeeri:  Negation in Egyptian and Moroccan Arabic Proverbs,” in Perspectives in Arabic Linguistics IX.  Eds. Mushira Eid and Dilworth Parkinson.  Amsterdam:  John Benjamins, 1996.
  • “Keeping It in the Family:  Gender and Conflict in Moroccan Proverbs,” in Gender and Society in the Middle East.  Eds. Fatma M. Gocek and Shiva Balaghi.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 1995.
  • “Arabic Script” in Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East.  New York:  Macmillan, 1995.
  • “The Authority of Negation in Proverbs,” in Investigating Arabic:  Linguistic, Pedagogical and Literary Studies in Honor of Ernest N. McCarus.  Eds. Raji M. Rammuny and Dilworth B. Parkinson.  Columbus, OH:  Greyden, 1994.

Reviews

  • Review of Formal Spoken Arabic:  FAST Course, by Karin C. Ryding and Abdelnour Zaiback in Journal of the American Oriental Society 118, 3 (1998):  417.
  • Review of Breakthrough Arabic, by Nadira Auty, et al., in Journal of the American Oriental Society 116, 3 (1996):        603.
  • Review of Arabic Sociolinguistics:  Issues and Perspectives, ed. Yasir Suleiman, in Al‑‘Arabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic  28 (1995):  73.
  • Review of From Code-Switching to Borrowing:  A Case Study of Moroccan Arabic, by Jeffrey Heath, in Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 27, 3 (December 1993).
  • Review of The Son of a Duck is a Floater, by Primrose Arnander and Ashkain Skipwith, in Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 27, 3 (December 1993).

Presentations

  • “The unmarked feminine in Ibn al-Ḥājib’s al-Qaṣīda al-muwaššaa fi al-mu’annaṯṯāt al-samāciyya”  North Atlantic Conference on Afro-Asiatic Linguistics.  Leiden, The Netherlands, 10 June 2017.
  • “Jordanian linguistic identity in short animations.”  12th International Conference of AIDA (International Association for Arabic Dialectology).  Marseille, France.  01 June 2017.
  • “Animating nationalism:  The use of Arabic dialects in Jordanian short animations.”  Linguistics Lecture Series:  What the “L”?:   Language Research at Miami.  Miami University of Ohio.  03 October 2016
  • "Animating Linguistic Nationalism in Jordan," Modern Language Association 128th Annual Convention.  Seattle.  05 January 2012.
  • “Animating Arabic Dialects:  The Jordanian Example.”  25th Arabic Linguistics Symposium.  University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.  05 March 2011.
  • “Learning a Second (or Third) Variety of Spoken Arabic.”  The Challenges of Teaching Arabic in the 21st Century Conference.  Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar.  09 February 2011. 
  • “Reversing Privilege:  Teaching Arabic Dialects in the Classroom.”  126th Modern Language Association Annual Convention.  Los Angeles, CA.  08 January 2011.
  •  “Mixed Registers and Mixed Varieties of Contemporary Spoken Arabic.”  International Association for the Study of Middle Arabic (AIMA) Third Symposium, “Middle Arabic and Mixed Arabic: an intentional choice of register?  Researches on medieval, modern and contemporary sources.”  Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence.  12 October 2010.
  • “Aristotle in Arabic, Greek, and Latin.” “Digital Humanities, Greek-Arabic-Latin.”  Sponsored by the Perseus Project, Tufts University and the Islamic Manuscripts Project, University of Michigan.  14 July 2010.
  • “The Averroes Project:  Greek, Arabic, Latin” (co-presenters Karla Mallette and Valerie Wilhite,) in “BABEL Working Group.”  International Conference on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.  15 May 2010.
  • “New Domains, New Models of Language Use.” Georgetown University Round Table (GURT) 2010:  Arabic Language and Linguistics, Washington, DC.  13 March 2010.
  • “New Americans Series: Bridging the Gap with Arabic Speakers” (co-presenters Mohamed Ali and Linda Mansour).  Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, Worthington, OH.  30 October 2009.
  • “Introduction to Arabic Dialects” (in Arabic), Arabic Language Lecture Series, Princeton University, 23 April 2008. 
  • “Attaining High Levels of Proficiency in US-based Language Programs: Quantitative and Qualitative” (with Margaret Malone, Center for Applied Linguistics), Coalition of Distinguished Language Centers Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 01 December 2007.
  •  “Meeting the Challenges of Teaching Arabic in a SILP Program,” National Association of Self Instructional Language Programs 33rd Annual Conference, Crystal City, VA, 02 – 03 November 2007. 
  •  “Spoken Arabic and the Language Analyst,” Workshop on Language Analysis, Joint Summer Meeting 2007 of the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics and the Associação de Crioulos de Base Lexical Portugesa e Espanhola, Amsterdam, June 2006.   
  • “Full-time Intensive Arabic:  a Role for a Fifth Year,” (with Karin C. Ryding, Georgetown University).  American Association of Teachers of Arabic Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2006. 
  • “Georgetown University’s Arabic Language Flagship,” Fourth Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning Languages to Native-Like Levels of Proficiency, Coalition of Distinguished Language Centers, Washington, DC, October 2006.
  •  “Arabic Flagship:  Issues in Curriculum Design,” with (Karin C. Ryding, Georgetown University).  Third Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning Languages to Native-Like Levels of Proficiency, Coalition of Distinguished Language Centers Washington, DC, October 2005.
  • “Variation in Colloquial Algerian Arabic as a Challenge to Diglossia,” Annual Meeting of the National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Arlington, VA, April 2001.
  • “Memory and Mediation in an Early Grammatical Mnemonic,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, December 1998.
  • “Memory and Mediation in Mnemonic Verse,” American Oriental Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 1998.
  • “The Poetics of Memory in Medieval Arabic,” Humanities Center, University of Georgia, November 1997.
  • “Unity and/or Diversity:  Arabic Multiglossia in Context,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, November 1996.
  • “Arabic Literature” and “Women in the Arab World,” Professional Development Seminar, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, NY, March 1995.
  • Ma ti‘raf xeeri:  Negation in Egyptian and Moroccan Arabic Proverbs,” Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, March 1995.
  • “Arabic Language Teaching at Columbia,” University Language Seminar, Columbia University, February 1995.
  • “The Mystery of Mysteries, or, Lost in Translation,” Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures Lecture Series, Columbia University, January 1995.
  • “As Who Says?:  Arabic Proverbs and Interdialectal Compatibility,”  Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Research Triangle Park, NC, November 13, 1993.
  • “The Authority of Negation in Proverbs,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 31, 1992.
  • “The Case of the Absent Genre:  Three Arabic Near-Mysteries,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 1991.
  • “The Singular Authenticity of Proverbs,” Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies Lecture Series, University of Michigan, October 1991.
  • “Keeping It in the Family:  Gender and Conflict in Moroccan Proverbs,” Conference on Gender and Society in the Middle East, University of Michigan, September 1991.
  • “Making the Punishment Fit the Rhyme:  Proverb Variation as a Model of Cultural Recycling,” International Association of Philosophy and Literature Annual Meeting, Montreal, May 1991.

Other Conference and Meeting Contributions

  • Panel chair and organizer (with Ghazi Abuhakema, College of Charleston and Mustafa Mughazy, Western Michigan University), “Research methods in Arabic pedagogy:  new directions.”  American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA) panel at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.  18 November 2010.
  • Panel chair, “Arabic Sociolinguistics.”  Georgetown University Round Table (GURT) 2010:  Arabic Language and Linguistics, Washington, DC.  12 March 2010.
  • Workshop organizer (with members of the Averroes Project), “A Two-day Session on Cultural Transmission in the Mediterranean:  The Case of Abner of Burgos, A Convert in Medieval Iberia with Ryan Szpiech.”  Organized by the Averroes Project and sponsored by the Miami University Humanities Center.  29 – 30 January 2010. 
  • Workshop organizer (with Elizabeth A.S. Beaudin), “Digitizing Arabic Text,” a workshop sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Arabic and Yale University Library, 23 November 2008.
  • Organizer, Department of GREAL Bicentennial Language Fair.  06 October 2009.
  • Two-day conference organizer, “Critical Languages and Globalization at Miami,” Miami University of Ohio, 06 – 07 November 2008.
  • Panel chair, “Teaching/Learning Culture in the Foreign Language Curriculum” at “Seminar on Teaching Middle East Languages and Cultures,” Georgetown University, 04 April 2008.

Awards and honors

  • Finalist, E. Phillips Knox Teaching Award for 2010.

Positions in professional organizations and University Committees

  • Member, Miami University Middle East and Islamic Studies Committee (2008 – present).  Served as chair and faculty adviser for the Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor, 2014 – 2017.
  • Member, Miami University Medieval Studies Committee (2011 – present). 
  • Founding member, Averroes Project, Miami University (2008 – present).
  • American Association of Teachers of Arabic Executive Board member, 1994-96; Editor, American Association of Teachers of Arabic Newsletter, 1994-98.
  • Columbia University Representative, Governing Council, Center for Arabic Study Abroad, 1993 -1994
  • Advisory Board, University of Virginia-Yarmouk University Summer Arabic Program, 1993 -1998

Service to the profession

  • Al-‘Arabiyya:  Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, Manuscript reviewer 2014, 1996 -1998.
  • Cambridge University Press, Manuscript reviewer, 2010.
  • Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Member of the Advisory Editorial Board, 2008 – present.
  • Yale University Press, Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Advisory Board, 2007 – present; manuscript reviewer, 2006 – present.
  • Georgetown University Press, Editorial consultant and manuscript review, 2006 – present.
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, Scholarship Reader, (2008 – 2009).
  • National Foreign Language Center, College Park, MD.   Arabic Culture Board, LangSource. (2006 - 2008).
  • Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC Focus Group, Arabic Computerized Oral Proficiency Interview (COPI). (2006 - 2008)
  • External examiner for Arabic languageArabic Oral Proficiency Testing Workshop, American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages.  Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, February 3-6, 1988
    • Gettysburg College Self-Instructional Language Program (2006 - 2008).
    • Davidson College Self-Instructional Language Program (1998 - 2006).
    • University of Alabama Critical Languages Center (1997 - 1998).
  • Arabic Oral Proficiency Testing Workshop, American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages.  Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, February 3-6, 1988

Translations

  •  “Strategies of the Opposition in Local Elections:  Egypt” (from Arabic) by Gamal ‘Abd al-‘Aziz; and “The Role of the System of Majority Election in the Perpetuation of Communal Rule” (from Arabic) by Issam Naaman for “Controlled Contestation and Opposition Strategies:  Authoritarian Elections in the Middle East,” Brown University, October 1998.
  • “Moroccan Youth, Sex and Islam” by Abdessamad Dialmy (from French), in Middle East Report 206, 28, 1 (September 1998):  16-17.
  • Eyewitness testimony and civil records for The Silenced Kurds (from Arabic), New York: Human Rights Watch, 1996.
  • Legal depositions, financial documentation, and civil records for international law firms (from Arabic), 1994 - 1998.
  • 19th and 20th century political and philosophical texts (from Arabic), Columbia University, 1994.

Memberships

  • American Association of Teachers of Arabic; Arabic Linguistics Society; International Association for Arabic Dialectology (AIDA); Middle East Studies Association; Modern Language Association.

In-country experience

  • Rabat, Morocco (1988 - 1989).   Dissertation fieldwork.
  • Istanbul, Turkey (1988).  Intensive advanced Turkish language study, Bogazici University, funded by the American Research Institute in Turkey.
  • Cairo, Egypt (1985 - 1986).  Full-year fellow in intensive advanced Arabic language study, Center for Arabic Study Abroad, American University in Cairo.
  • Amman, Jordan (1978 - 1980).  Special student in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, University of Jordan, funded by cooperative exchange program with Georgetown University.