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(p. xix) The Contributors

(p. xix) The Contributors

Seyed Mostafa Assi has a PhD in Linguistics (lexicography and computational linguistics) from the University of Exeter, 1989, and is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics at the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tehran, Iran. His areas of research are English and Persian linguistics and lexicography. He is the author and co-author of more than 70 papers and 18 books, such as A Selective Lexicon of Linguistics (1996), A Comprehensive Management Dictionary (1998), Persian Equivalents for Computer Terms (2002), and A Comprehensive Persian–English Dictionary (4 volumes) (2003). He is also the founder and director of the Persian Linguistic Database, available at

Mahmood Bijankhan is a Professor of Linguistics in the department of General Linguistics at the University of Tehran. He received his BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington and his MA and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Tehran. His research interests lie in the area of phonetics, phonology, and corpus linguistics. In recent years, he has focused on Persian proficiency test for non-Persian speakers.

Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam received his PhD in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982. He is Professor of Linguistics in Allameh Tabataba’i University (Tehran). He is a permanent member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature. He is the author of Theoretical Linguistics: Emergence and Development of Generative Grammar, Studies in Persian Linguistics, Typology of Iranian Languages (2 volumes), and a number of articles.

Jila Ghomeshi is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manitoba. She has carried out research and published articles on many aspects of Persian syntax and morphology. In addition to her scholarly research, she has sought to bring linguistics to a more general audience with short radio columns and a book on prescriptivism entitled Grammar Matters. These efforts earned her a National Achievement Award from the Canadian Linguistic Association in 2014.

Arsalan Kahnemuyipour received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Toronto in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His areas of expertise are syntax, morphology, and the interface between syntax and prosody. He has worked on a number of languages including his native Persian, as well as English, Armenian, Turkish, Niuean, among others. He has published a book with Oxford University Press and several articles in journals such as Lingua, Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language, and Linguistic Theory and Syntax.

Simin Karimi is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She has worked on various syntactic topics in Persian, including word order and scrambling, syntax–discourse interaction, complex predicates, and complex DPs. Her current research (p. xx) focuses on control constructions, ellipsis, and the syntax and semantics of complex predicates in various Iranian languages. She has published journal articles, book chapters, and one book length monograph. She has also edited/co-edited five books and a special issue for the journal Lingua.

Mauro Maggi (PhD 1992) is Associate Professor of Iranian philology at La Sapienza University (Rome) and was Associate Professor of Indo-Iranian philology at L’Orientale University (Naples) until 2008. His areas of expertise are the Khotanese language and literature, Central Asian Buddhism, the history of the Iranian languages, and early and sub-standard New Persian. He has published The Khotanese Karmavibhaṅga (1995), Pelliot Chinois 2928: A Khotanese Love Story (1997), and many scholarly articles. Among his edited books are The Persian Language in History (with Paola Orsatti, 2011) and Buddhism among the Iranian Peoples of Central Asia (with Matteo De Chiara and Giuliana Martini, 2013).

Behrooz Mahmoodi-Bakhtiari received his MA (1999) and PhD (2004) in Linguistics from Allameh Tabatabaee University, Tehran, and is now an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Persian at the Faulty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran. His major publications include Tense in Persian (2002), Fārsi Biyāmuzim [Let’s Learn Persian] (2004), and Persian for Dummies (forthcoming). He is also the author of numerous articles on Persian linguistics, grammar, and its several dialects.

Shahrzad Mahootian is Program Coordinator and Professor of Linguistics in the Linguistics Department at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. In addition to her attention to aspects of Persian and Iranian linguistics, her research interests and publications include topics in language contact, bilingual language acquisition, structural, cognitive and social aspects of code-switching and language choice, language and identity, endangered languages, and language documentation and maintenance.

Karine Megerdoomian is a Principal Computational Linguist at MITRE, a federally funded research and development centre, and Adjunct Faculty at the Communication, Culture, and Technology department at Georgetown University. Karine’s expertise is in the domains of social media analytics and linguistically informed Natural Language Processing with a focus on Middle Eastern Languages. Her current research focuses on the relationship between language in online media and associated socio-political issues—with emphasis on sentiment analysis, and automatic framing and narrative analysis. Karine’s linguistic research has focused on the study of complex predicates and the syntax–semantics interface.

Yahya Modarresi received his PhD from the University of Kansas, USA and is currently a Professor of Linguistics at the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies (I.H.C.S.). He has taught sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics in the Department of Linguistics, IHCS, and the Department of Anthropology, University of Tehran. His books include An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (1989) and Language and Migration (2015). He has written many articles in academic journals. At present, he is the Editor in Chief of the journal of the Linguistics Society of Iran. He has also been a member of the editorial board of different academic journals, including the International Journal of the Sociology of Language for many years.

Golnaz Modarresi Ghavami is a faculty member of the Linguistics department at A.T.U., Tehran, Iran. She teaches general phonetics, introductory and advanced phonology, Persian (p. xxi) and English phonetics and phonology, acoustic phonetics, and historical linguistics. Her research is mainly focused on the phonetics and phonology of Persian. She is the author of Phonetics: The Scientific Study of Speech (2011, 2015) and A Glossary of Phonetics and Phonology (2015), both in Persian.

Reza Nilipour is Emeritus Professor of Neurolinguistics and Clinical Linguistics and former Chairman of Department of Speech Therapy, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences. He developed the first PhD programme in Speech Therapy in Iran. He has been developing several clinical linguistic Batteries and is the author and co-author of neurolinguistics chapter books and research articles in Brain and Language, Neurolinguistics, Aphasiology, and Basic and Clinical Neuroscience. He is a member of Academy of Sciences in charge of Linguistics department. He was guest professor to European Masters of Clinical Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany in 2005.

Paola Orsatti (Laurea in Lettere, 1979) entered university as a researcher in 1983 and is currently Associate Professor of Persian Language and Literature at La Sapienza University (Rome), where she formerly also taught history of the Persian language. In addition to her Persian studies, she specialized as keeper of manuscripts at the Scuola Speciale per Archivisti e Bibliotecari of La Sapienza University in 1992. Her research focuses on the history of Persian, Persian classical literature, the history of Persian studies in Europe, palaeography, and codicology of Islamic manuscripts. Besides a number of scholarly articles, she has published Il fondo Borgia della Biblioteca Vaticana e gli studi orientali a Roma tra Sette e Ottocento (1996), Appunti per una storia della lingua neopersiana. 1: Parte generale, fonologia, la più antica documentazione (2007), Corso di lingua persiana (with Daniela Meneghini, 2012), and edited The Persian Language in History (with Mauro Maggi, 2011).

Pollet Samvelian is Professor of Linguistics at Sorbonne Nouvelle University. She has published several books and articles on the syntax and morphology of Western Iranian languages, especially on complex predicates, bare objects, differential object marking, word order, verbal periphrases, and clitics. Her recent publications include La Grammaire des prédicats complexs. Les constructions nom-verbe (2012, Hermès-Lavoisier) and Approaches to Complex Predicates (2015, co-ed. with L. Nash, Brill).

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 (p. xxii) 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).