Zafer Lababidi

Teaching Faculty i
Assistant Director and Advisor, Middle Eastern Studies

Office: 337 Diffenbaugh

Phone: 850-644-1794

Fax: 850-644-0524


Dr. Zafer Lababidi is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic, and the Assistant Director and Advisor of the Middle Eastern Studies Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and specializes in Arabic phonetics/phonology and teaching Arabic as a foreign language.


Research Interests:

  • Arabic phonetics/phonology
  • Speech perception/production
  • Arabic as a foreign langauge 
  • Spoken word recognition
  • Second language acquisition
  • Dialectal variations in Arabic 
  • Technology applications for language classrooms


  • In Print. The Perceptual Mapping between Arabic and English Consonants.
  • 2016. L1-English tense-lax vowel system influence on L2-Arabic short and long vowel learning. Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XXVIII: Papers from the Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, Gainesville, Florida, 2014 (Vol. 4, p. 63). John Benjamins Publishing Company

Courses Taught:

  • Elementary Arabic I
  • Elementary Arabic II
  • Intermediate Arabic I
  • Intermediate Arabic II
  • Advanced Arabic I
  • Advanced Arabic II
  • Introduction to Translation: Arabic to English
  • Cultures of the Middle East