- Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
- The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics
- List of Figures and Tables
- List of Abbreviations
- The Contributors
- From Old to New Persian
- Typological Approaches and Dialects
- Generative Approaches to Syntax
- Other Approaches to Syntax
- Specific Features of Persian Syntax: The <i>Ezafe</i> construction, differential object marking, and complex predicates
- Academy of Persian Language and Literature
- Language contact and multilingualism in Iran
- Persian as a Heritage Language
- Teaching Persian to Speakers of Other Languages
- Computational Linguistics
- Name Index
- Subject Index
- Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
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This chapter offers an introduction to the volume by providing a brief description of its thematic sections (Classification and History, The Sound System, Syntax, Language and Words, Language and People, and Language, Mind, and Technology) and their related chapters. These thematic sections cover both the theoretical and the applied aspects of the Persian language and provide a comprehensive overview of the field of Persian linguistics by discussing its development, capturing critical accounts of cutting edge research, as well as outlining current debates and suggesting productive lines of future research. The chapter also discusses the goals and ambitions of the editors in putting such volume together. It also points out the logic behind the selection of the contributors and addresses the challenges the editors endured throughout the project.
Anousha Sedighi is Professor of Persian and Persian Program Head at Portland State University. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa in 2005. She has published on syntax, morphology, and teaching Persian as a heritage language. Her first book, Agreement Restrictions in Persian, was published in 2008 by Rozenberg and Purdue University Press and republished in 2011 by Leiden University Press and University of Chicago Press. Her second book, Persian in Use: An Elementary Textbook of Language and Culture, was published in 2015 by Leiden University Press and University of Chicago Press. She served as the President of the American Association of Teachers of Persian (2014–16) and she currently sits in the executive board of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages.
Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi is Senior Lecturer of Persian Language and Linguistics at McGill University. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa (2012) as well as a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Tehran Azad University (2004). She has taught Persian language and linguistics as well as Persian literature and translation at McGill University, the University of Oxford, the University of Chicago, and Tehran Azad University since 1997. She has published on morphology, psycholinguistics, translation, teaching Persian as a second language, and second language acquisition. Some of her representative publications are Processing Compound Verbs in Persian: A Psycholinguistic Approach to Complex Predicates (Leiden and University of Chicago Press, 2014), The Routledge Introductory Persian Course and The Routledge Intermediate Persian Course (2010, 2012, with Dominic Brookshaw), as well as What the Persian Media Says (Routledge, 2015). She is the translator of The Thousand Families: Commentary on Leading Political Figures of Nineteenth Century Iran, by Ali Shabani (Peter Lang, 2018, with Patricia Higgins). She serves as reviewer for International Journal of Iranian Studies, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Sage Open Journal, Frontiers in Psychology, International Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, and LINGUA. Currently, she is president of the American Association of Teachers of Persian (2018–2020).
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