Department of Applied Linguistics


Brief Biography

Amira Agameya is professor of linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics at The American University in Cairo. She earned her PhD from Cairo University, where she wrote her dissertation on aspects of Chomsky’s government and binding theory, as applied to English and Arabic. Her field of specialization is syntax, generative linguistics and grammaticalization theory. More recently, she has developed an interest in corpus linguistics and uses online corpus resources for her grammaticalization research. Agameya’s research interests cover the areas of syntax, (critical) discourse analysis and pragmatics. Before coming to AUC, she taught at Cairo University.


  • Doctorate of Philosophy in generative syntax, 1988, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Master of Arts in applied linguistics, 1981, University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, 1976, Cairo University, Egypt

Research Interests

Syntax, grammaticalization, critical discourse analysis and pragmatics, as applied to English and Arabic

Courses Taught

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • English Grammar
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Pragmatics
  • Syntax
  • Research Methods
  • Second Language Writing