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Lotfi Sayahi

Professor of Linguistics, Hispanic and Italian Studies

Degree/Institution: PhD Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Office: HU 215


Academic Focus

Research: Sociolinguistics; contact linguistics; language variation and change; variation in L2

Teaching: SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007)
The University at Albany President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007)


Sayahi, Lotfi (June, 2014). Diglossia and Language Contact: Language Variation and Change in North Africa. Cambridge University Press.

Recent Articles

Sayahi, Lotfi. 2017. Diglossia in North Africa, in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics, edited by Mark Aronoff. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sayahi, Lotfi (forthcoming). Spanish in Contact with Other Languages & Bilingualism across the Spanish-Speaking World, in The Cambridge Handbook of Spanish Linguistics, edited by Kimberly Geeslin. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sayahi, Lotfi, Juanita Reyes, and Cecily Corbett. 2016. El español en los Estados Unidos: panorama de estudios sociolingüísticos. Camino Real, 8:11. 15-29.

Sayahi, Lotfi. 2015. Expression of Attributive Possession in Tunisian Arabic: The Role of Language Contact, in Semitic Languages in Contact, edited by Aaron Butts. Leiden: Brill. 334-347.

Sayahi, Lotfi. 2015. España ante el mundo: Spain's colonial language policies in the Maghreb. Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World (special issue on the Western Sahara). 62-75.

 Poplack, Shana, Sayahi, Lotfi, Mourad, Nahed, and Dion, Nathalie. 2015. An exception to the rule? Lone French nouns in Tunisian Arabic. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 21.2. 177-186.

Sayahi, Lotfi. 2015. A moving target: literacy development in situations of diglossia and bilingualism. Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics 1.1. 1-15.

 Thomas, Juan Antonio and Lotfi Sayahi. 2012. A Quantitative analysis of code-switching in the Arabic-Romance Kharjas. Journal of Language Contact. 5 (2). 1–17

Sayahi, Lotfi. 2012. Contacto y préstamo léxico: el elemento español en el árabe. Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana 18. 85–100.

 Sayahi, Lotfi. 2011. Code-switching and language change in Tunisia. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 211. 113–133.

Sayahi, Lotfi. 2011. Introduction: current perspectives on Tunisian sociolinguistics. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 211. 1–8.

Sayahi, Lotfi. 2011. Spanish in Contact with Arabic. In The Handbook of Spanish Sociolinguistics. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 473-490.    

Edited Volumes

Sayahi, Lotfi (issue editor). 2011. The Sociolinguistics of Tunisia. Special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language.

Holmquist, Jonathan, Augusto Lorenzino, and Lotfi Sayahi (eds.). 2007. Selected Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. viii + 192 pages.

Sayahi, Lotfi, and Maurice Westmoreland (eds.). 2005. Selected Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. vii + 132 pages.

Sayahi, Lotfi (ed.). 2003. Selected Proceedings of the First Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. vii + 133 pages

Graduate courses usually taught

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Bilingualism
  • Research Methods in Linguistics
  • Teaching Methodology