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Anousha Sedighi - Persian



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

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Dr. Anousha Sedighi is Associate Professor of Persian and the coordinator of the Persian program at Portland State University. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa in 2005. She is the current president of the American Association of Teachers of Persian and serves in the Executive Board of the National Council on Less Commonly Taught Languages. 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 second book Persian in Use: An Elementary Textbook of Language and Culture was published in March 2015 by Leiden University Press as part of their Iranian Studies Series. Her first book Agreement Restrictions in Persian was published in 2008 by Rozenberg & Purdue University Press and re-published in 2011 by Leiden University and University of Chicago Press. Her book adopts Chomsky’s Minimalist Program to examine Persian language agreement patterns. She is the co-designer of the Persian Proficiency Assessment Tool, a computer-based proficiency test developed at the Center for Applied Second Language Studies 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 on Oral Proficiency Interviews for Persian.
Persian in Use: An Elementary Textbook of Language and Culture, Leiden University Press, 2015, Companion website:

Sedighi Book

Agreement Restrictions in Persian, 2008 (Rezeberg & Purdue University Press), 2011 (Leiden and University of Chicago Press)  


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

Personal Website:


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.