Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

Luca D’Anna, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Arabic

Office: Croft 214
Phone: 662-915-3773

Ph.D. in Arabic Dialectology, University of Naples “l’Orientale” (2014)
M.A. in Islam and African Countries, University of Palermo (2009)
B.A. in Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Palermo (2007)

Teaching and Research Interests:
Maghrebi Dialects of Arabic, Arabic-Language Pedagogy, Historical Linguistics, Arabic Sociolinguistics

Courses Taught:
Arabic 111, 112: Intensive Elementary Arabic
Arabic 211, 212: Intensive Intermediate Arabic
Arabic 514: Arabic Linguistics and Dialectology
Arabic 413: Arabic Dialects of North Africa (413)
Arabic 313, 314, 413, 414: Colloquial Arabic-Libyan Dialect
Arabic 412: Upper Level Arabic Conversation
Recent Publications:


D’Anna, Luca (2017). Italiano, siciliano e arabo in contatto: profilo sociolinguistico della comunità tunisina di Mazara del Vallo. Palermo: Biblioteca del Centro di Studi Filologici e Linguistici Siciliani.


D’Anna, Luca (2018). “Synchronic and diachronic observations on verbal negation in the Arabic dialects of the Fezzān, in Zeitschrift für Arabische Linguistik.” Journal of Arabic Linguistics 68, 63-92.

D’Anna, Luca (2018). “Phonetical and morphological remarks on the adaptation of Italian loanwords in Libyan Arabic.” In S. Manfredi, M. Tosco (a cura di), Arabic in contact. Studies in Arabic Linguistics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 172-187.

D’Anna, Luca (2018). “Extraterritorial varieties of Tunisian Arabic – The dialect of Chebba spoken in Mazara del Vallo (Sicily).” In G. Mion (a cura di), Mediterranean Contaminations. Middle East, North Africa, and Europe in Contact. Berlino: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 47-73.

D’Anna, Luca (2017). “Agreement with plural controllers in Fezzānī Arabic.” Folia Orientalia LIV, 101-123.

D’Anna, Luca (2017). “Two texts in the Arabic dialect of Miṣrāta (Libya), with preliminary notes and observations.” Mediterranean Language Review 24, 111-158.

D’Anna, Luca (2017). “Dialectal variation and identity in post-revolutionary Libyan media: The case of Dragunov (2014).” R. Bassiouney (a cura di), Identity and dialect performance. Londra: Routledge, 321-340.

D’Anna, Luca (2017). “On the development of conditional particles in the Arabic dialect of the Fezzān.” V. Ritt-Benmimoun (a cura di), Tunisian and Libyan Arabic Dialects, Common trends, Recent developments, Diachronic aspects. Saragozza: Instituto de Estudios Islámicos y del Oriente Próximo, 351-371.

Awards and Honors:
College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Grant, 2017
ORSP Travel Grant Award, 2017
College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Grant, 2016
AIDA Young Scholar Grant for AIDA Conference in Bucharest, 2015

Web Resources:
Arabic Language Flagship Program