Abdel-Khalig Ali

Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Linguistics
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Room 219, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Synchronic dialectal phonology
  • Prosodic phonology and metrical structure
  • Morphophonology
  • The phonology-syntax interface
  • Diachronic phonology


I am someone who feels at home in a classroom, and I consider myself fortunate because a major part of my job involves teaching, an activity I enjoy and love immensely. You may ask: “Why?” Well, I’m not quite sure, but perhaps because it’s an activity through which I constantly keep learning about myself and about what I think I know. I am also a phonologist specializing in contemporary dialects of Arabic, particularly those spoken in Sudan. My research interest spans the areas of prosodic phonology and metrical structure, the interaction between phonology and morphology, the interaction between phonology and syntax, and the emergence of certain morphophonological features in contemporary spoken dialects of Arabic.


PhD, University of Toronto


Administrative Service

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies