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Maha Foster

Maha  Foster


I have received my master's degree in applied linguistics from the American University of Beirut and am currently enrolled at CU Boulder where I am working toward earning a combined PhD in psycholinguistics and cognitive science.  My research interests are mainly in language acquisition and bilingualism.  I am looking at generating a child corpus of Lebanese dialect and providing and analysis of Lebanese phonetic inventory.  This is particularly interesting to me because most Lebanese children grow up bilingual.  My other research interest is related to studying the cognitive linguistic abilities of heritage speakers of a second language.

After teaching Arabic at Colorado College for eight years, I got excited at the opportunity of starting an Arabic program here at DU.  In addition to teaching Arabic, I am also part of a team at the University of Colorado working on a PropBank corpus creating framesets for Arabic verbs.  PropBank in its semantic role labeling has had a great impact on natural language processing.

Besides languages, I love music.  I used to have a piano studio in my basement.  I am also a gourmet cook and an avid reader of French literature.

PhD candidate in psycholinguistics and cognitive science, University of Colorado at Boulder
MA applied linguistics, American University of Beirut


Language Acquisition and Bilingualism