Portrait of Dr Rana Alhussein Almbark Dr Rana Alhussein Almbark

r.almbark@hud.ac.uk | 01484 47



Biography

Rana started working at the University of Huddersfield in February 2016, and is currently a Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology. Rana completed her BA in English Language and Literature in 2004 at Alhussein Bin Talal University in Jordan. In 2007, she came to the UK to pursue her MA and PhD study at the University of York with a main focus on Arabic phonetics and phonology.

Between 2011-2015, Rana has worked as a researcher on an ESRC funded research project (Intonational Variation in Arabic) at the University of York with Dr Sam Hellmuth.

Rana has published and presented internationally; mainly in Arabic phonetics and phonology, as well as in second language acquisition.

Research and Scholarship

My main interest is exploring the phonetics and phonology of  dialectal Arabic. I am also interested in the variation among these dialects.

I am interested in exploring the phonetic and phonological patterns of Arabic learners of English in terms of perception and production. In particular, I am interested in exploring the effects of the L1 on English as an L2.

I am interested in exploring the linguistic variation among Arabic dialects from a sociolinguistic perspective. 

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2015

Almbark, R. and Hellmuth, S. (2015) ‘Acoustic analysis of the Syrian vowel system’. In: Proceedings of ICPhS 2015. : University of Glasgow. . ISBN 9780852619414

Hellmuth, S., Almbark, R., Chlaihani, B. and Louriz, N. (2015) ‘F0 peak alignment in Moroccan Arabic polar questions’. In: Proceedings of ICPhS 2015. : University of Glasgow. . ISBN 9780852619414

2014

Almbark, R (2014) ‘Perception and Production of SSBE Vowels by Foreign Language Learners: Towards a Foreign Language ModelConcordia University Working Papers in Applied Linguistics (COPAL) , 5, pp. 3-18. ISSN 2292-4248

Almbark, R., Bouchhioua, N. and Hellmuth, S. (2014) ‘Acquiring the Phonetics and Phonology of English Word Stress: Comparing Learners from Different L1 BackgroundsConcordia University Working Papers in Applied Linguistics (COPAL) , 5, pp. 19-35. ISSN 2292-4248

2012

Almbark, R (2012) The Perception and Production of SSBE vowels by Syrian Arabic learners: The Foreign Language Model Doctoral thesis, University of York.

2011

Almbark, R (2011) ‘Production and Perception of SSBE Vowels by Syrian Arabic Speakers’. In: Achievements and in Perspectives SLA of Speech: New Sounds 2010. : Peter Lang: International Verlag der Wissenschaften. . ISBN 9783631607237

Teaching and Professional Activities

Rana is teaching on the following modules:

  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics