Anousha Sedighi - Persian



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

Personal Website

Dr. Anousha Sedighi is 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. 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 2015 by Leiden University Press & University of Chicago Press. Her book was re-published the same year due to the popular demand and is currently taught at numerous universities and institutions. 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.


Dr. Sedighi founded the Persian program at PSU in 2005 and launched the Persian minor, the only minor in the state of Oregon, in 2011. She has had several leadership positions in nationally leading organizations. She was the president of the American Association of Teachers of Persian from 2014-2016 and she currently sits in the executive board of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages. She is the recipient of the several awards, fellowships, and grants including the Best Paper Award of the Canadian Linguistic Association, the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute Fellowship, and the PARSA Community Foundation Grant through which she organized many community events including Lecture Series, Film Series, and Concerts, and also brought to PSU a renowned scholar of Persian Literature, Prof. Dick Davis during 2013.


Dr. Sedighi 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. She is also the designer of the advanced and superior level Content Based instructional material as part of the CBI Path project of the Middle East Studies Center at PSU.


Currently, Dr. Sedighi is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics for Oxford University Press. She is also co-editing a special volume “Persian Language Pedagogy and Assessment in the 21st Century” for the Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies.


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.