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Rana Alhussein Almbark
Research Assistant



Rana Alhussein Almbark is working on an ESRC funded project 'Intonational Variation in Arabic' (IVAr) 2012-2014. The project is adapting methodology used to document intonational variation in English in five regions of the Arab world. She is working with Sam Hellmuth to generate a public-access corpus of Arabic speech, using a parallel set of sentences, stories and conversations.

Additionally, she is organising the Arabic Research Group (ARG). The ARG members suggest and discuss papers in Arabic linguistics.


2012-2014 Research assistant in an ESRC funded project (IVAr) University of York
2008-2012  PhD in Linguistics  University of York
2007-2008 MA in Linguistics  University of York
2006-2007  English language teacher  Aleppo University, Syria 
2004-2006  English language teacher  Syria 
2001-2004 BA in English Language and Literature  Alhussein Bin Talal University, Jordan



  • Intonational variation
  • Arabic phonetics and phonology
  • L2 phonetics and phonology


Research group(s)

  • Arabic Research Group
  • L2 Phonology Reading Group

External activities

Invited talks and conferences

  • Hellmuth, S. & Almbark, R. (2012). ‘Methodological issues in cross-varietal investigation of spoken Arabic prosody’.  Poster presented at the Fifth European Conference on Tone and Intonation (TIE5), September 6-8, Oxford, UK.
  • Hellmuth, S. & Almbark, R. (2012). ‘Methodological issues in cross-varietal investigation of spoken Arabic prosody’.  Poster presented at a satellite workshop held in conjunction with LabPhon 13, July 30, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Almbark, R. (2012). ‘The production of English (GOAT, THOUGHT) by Syrian Arabic learners: the Native Language Magnet theory (NLM)’. Poster presented at the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP), March 26-28, Leeds, UK.
  • Almbark, R. (2011). ‘The Emergence of Mid-vowels in Dialectal Arabic: the status of Mid-Vowels in Syrian Arabic’. Poster presented at the Postgraduate conference on Arabic Phonetics and Phonology PCAPP, June 10, University of York, UK.
  • Almbark, R. (2010). ‘Perception of English Diphthongs by Syrian Arabic learners’. Talk presented at the IV International Conference on Native and Non-native Accents of English: Accents 2010, December 9-11, Lodz, Poland.
  • Almbark, R. (2010) ‘Using an L1 allophonic contrast to discriminate an L2 phonemic contrast’. Talk presented at CamLing, December 7-8, Cambridge University, UK.
  • Almbark, R. (2010) ‘The Production of SSBE Vowels by Syrian Arabic Speakers’. Poster presented at NewSounds, May 1-3, Poznan, Poland.
  • Almbark, R. (2009) ‘A Sociophonetic Study of Pharyngealisation in Syrian Arabic: gender and regional differences between Damascene and Aleppian dialects’. Poster presented at the International Workshop on Pharyngeals & Pharyngealisation, March 26-27, Newcastle, UK.

Contact details

Rana Alhussein Almbark
Research Assistant
Department of Language and Linguistic Science