Karin C. Ryding
Karin Christina Ryding
Karin Christina Ryding is a professor emerita of Arab linguistics at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. She holds a B.A. in Middlebury College, M.A. in The American University of Beirut, and Ph.D. from Georgetown University. From 1980-86, she was head of Arabic training at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute. By 1995-98 she served as Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs in Georgetown University. From 1996-2002, she had been a member of the Georgetown University Board of Governors.
By 1991-1995, 1998-2000 and by 2002-2004, she was chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown, and out of 1995-2008, she held the Sultan Qaboos bin Said Professorship of Arabic. Main books include A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Formal Spoken Arabic: Basic Course (Georgetown University Press,1990, second edition, 2005), Formal Spoken Arabic: FAST Course (Georgetown University Press, 1993, reprint, 2004), along with several printed articles on Arabic linguistics and Arabic as a foreign language.
Ryding is a past president (2007-2008) of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA), as well as a three-term associate of the AATA Executive Committee. By 2005-07, she was principal investigator and project advisor to the Arabic Language Flagship Project at Georgetown, a full-year intensive Arabic program to bring students from the intermediate to advanced or superior level of proficiency. Ryding currently sits on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association (MLA), was a member of the MLA's Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) Executive Committee in 1995-98, also was about the MLA Ad-Hoc Committee for Foreign Languages by 2004-06. She currently sits on the board of supervisors to Georgetown University Press, the nati
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