School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Dr Aicha Belkadi

Key information

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Lecturer in Linguistics
MA Linguistics SOAS (University of London); PhD in Linguistics SOAS (University of London)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Term 1: Mondays and Thursdays 10:00am-11:00am


Aicha Belkadi is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Linguistics in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at SOAS, where she teaches syntax, semantics, morphology and sociolinguistics. Her main research is on descriptive and formal linguistics but she is  also interested in language and cognition, linguistic impairments, multilingualism, and language policy and attitudes. Since 2018 she is a research assistant on the OWRI funded project 'Multilingualism and Language Learning'.

Research interests

Aicha's research expertise and main interests focus on descriptive and theoretical syntax (LFG, Minimalism, Construction Grammar, Functionalist syntax), lexical and cognitive semantics, syntax/semantics interface, linguistic typology, morphology, sociolinguistics, African linguistics, Berber languages esp. Taqbaylit (Afro-Asiatic), Australian languages, South American languages, motion and deixis, agreement, pronouns and clitics, lexical aspect and verbal semantics, TAM, information structure.


  • Gibson, Hannah & Aicha Belkadi (under revision) Towards an account of deictic particles in Rangi. Journal of African Linguistics
  • Belkadi, Aicha (expected publication in 2018) Aspect of the semantics of directionals in Berber and micro-variations.  In Dymitr Ibriszimow, Rainer Voßen and Harry Stroomer (Eds) Berber Studies. Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.
  • Belkadi, Aicha (2016) Associated Motion in African Languages. In Devos, Maud, Jacky Maniacky and B. Ricquier (Eds) Africana Linguistica, Vol. 22. Peeters publishers.
  • Belkadi, Aicha (2015) Deictic directionality and Space in Berber A typological survey of the semantics of =d and =nn. In Benjaballah, Sabrina and Samir Ben Si Said (Eds) CORPUS, Vol. 15. Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis: Nice.  
  • Belkadi, Aicha (2015) Associated motion with deictic directional A comparative overview, in Hemmings, Charlotte (Ed) SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics 16. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London: London.
  • Belkadi, Aicha (2013) Aspect and mood in Berber and the aorist issue, in Youngberg Connor (Ed) SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics Vol. 16. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London: London.

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