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Anousha Sedighi - Persian



Anousha Sedighi (2005) Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Persian Ph.D. 2005
University of Ottawa (Canada)

Dr. Anousha Sedighi is Associate Professor of Persian and the coordinator of the Persian program at Portland State University. She currently serves as the president of theAmerican Association of Teachers of Persian. Dr. Sedighi received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa in 2005. She is the recipient of several awards and grants including the Best Paper Award of the Canadian Linguistics Association. Her areas of research are Persian linguistics, Persian language pedagogy, and Persian as a heritage language. She has published articles on syntax, morphology, and teaching Persian as a heritage language. Her book entitled Agreement Restrictions in Persian was re-published in 2011 by Leiden University Press and co-published by University of Chicago Press. Dr. Sedighi’s book adopts Chomsky’s Minimalist Program to examine Persian language agreement patterns. She is also the co-designer of the Persian Proficiency Assessment Tool, a computer-based proficiency test developed at the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASL) at the University of Oregon in collaboration with the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. Dr. Sedighi has been trained by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to administer Oral Proficiency Interviews for Persian.

New Publication:

Sedighi Book

Contact Information:
Office number:  NH 451-P
Telephone: 503- 725-8784




Agreement Restrictions in Persian, 2008, Purdue University Press & Rozenberg. 224 pages.

Persian One Hundred . First year Persian textbook. Forthcoming.

Downloadable Papers:

“Teaching Persian to Heritage Persian Speakers”. International Journal on Iranian Studies. Routledge Publications. 2010. 43: 5, 681-695.

“Do Psychological Constructions in Persian Involve Complex Predicates?” Rice Working Papers in Linguistics. 2009, 1: 65-78.


“Psychological Constructions and Super High Applicatives in Persian”. Cahier Linguistic d’Ottawa. 2007, 35: 137-160.


 “Animacy: The Overlooked Feature in Persian”. Proceedings of the Canadian Linguistics Association Conference. 2005. 1-12.