Dilworth B. Parkinson, associate professor of Arabic at Brigham Young University, will ask "Why Can't the Arabs Teach Their Children How to Speak?" in a lecture Wednesday, Oct. 16.

His address, the eighth annual James L. Barker Lecture in Language and Linguistics, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in 2084 Knight Humanities Building. The topic is a takeoff on "My Fair Lady," in which Professor Henry Higgins asks, "Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?"The Barker Lectureship includes a $1,000 honorarium along with travel and research expenses.

A Utah native, Parkinson received two degrees in Arabic linguistics from the University of Michigan. He was awarded the Middle East Studies Association's first prize in humanities.

Parkinson is the executive director of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic.