Amir Ghorbanpour

Amir Ghorbanpour
Tarbiat Modares University | TMU · Department of Linguistics

PhD

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Introduction
Amir Ghorbanpour holds a PhD in Linguistics from Tarbiat Modares University. Amir does research in Language Education, Phonetics and Phonology. Their most recent publication is 'Loanword syllable adaptation in Persian: An Optimality-theoretic account'.
Education
September 2014 - July 2019
Tarbiat Modares University
Field of study
  • Linguistics

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This study is a phonological analysis of the process of vowel shortening in Persian. The aim was to find out whether there are any rules governing the different cases of vowel shortening in simple and complex words of formal standard Persian, and to analyse the conditions under which the long vowels /ɑ, i, u/ change into the corresponding short vow...
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This paper analyses the case of hiatus resolution in the /e-i/ and /e-ɑ/ environments in tetrasyllabic words in Persian, within an Optimality-theoretic framework. Hiatus is avoided in Persian by the insertion of an epenthetic consonant which varies considerably depending on the morpho-phonemic environment in which hiatus occurs. It is argued that t...
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From a cognitive perspective, metaphor is viewed as one of the important aspects and a fundamental part of the everyday use of language. Metaphor is generally defined as a means to talk about a more abstract conceptual domain in terms of another, more concrete domain. The mapping between the two domains is expressed through some conceptual metaphor...
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The present paper examines the process of loanword syllable adaptation in tetrasyllabic words in Persian, within an Optimality-theoretic framework. In Persian, consonant clusters are avoided in onset position. As a result, the loanwords borrowed from other languages which have complex onsets, when introduced into Persian, are adapted to fit the syl...
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Noun incorporation is generally defined as a word formation process in which a noun, typically the direct object, is incorporated into the verb to form a compound verb. The present study, adopting a Construction Morphology perspective, examines the characteristics of the so‐called incorporative structure in Persian, to shed light on the process and...
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Ecolinguistics: Language, Ecology and the Stories We Live by, written by the British linguist and ecologist Arran Stibbe, is the second edition of the book that was first published in 2015 by Routledge and was one of the most prominent works focused on this relatively new interdisciplinary field of applied linguistics. The book, in its second editi...
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With the ever-increasing spread of English as an international language, and the significant role it plays in different areas of life including academic growth and achievement, the careful design and planning of English courses become more and more important; especially, when it comes to the EAP course design where students are to be prepared to kn...
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This paper is an ecolinguistic analysis of the lyrics of two nature songs – coined in this paper as ‘eco-lyrics’. The aim was to analyse the underlying stories that lie behind the lyrics, and how they model the natural world. The two songs chosen were We Kill the World by Boney M. (1981) and Johnny Wanna Live by Sandra (1990). In particular, the us...
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This study is a stylistic analysis of Pink Floyd’s song lyrics Another Brick in the Wall (parts 1 and 2) and the interlude between them The Happiest Days of Our Lives. The aim was to explore various stylistic devices used in the verses to convey the main theme of the lyrics at different levels of language (phonetics/phonology, lexico-grammar, and s...
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The present study aims to explore the issue of head position in Persian syntactic phrases within an Optimality-theoretic framework. Making use of syntactic alignment constraints of the type HeadLeft/HeadRight proposed by Grimshaw (2002) – which is alternatively notated in this paper as Align-Left/Right(X, XP) (McCarthy, 2008) –, the study seeks to...
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This course book is designed for the beginner students of music whose first language is not English and, used either as a classroom course book or a self-study book, it provides learners with a basic course on specialised English for music. The content of the book and the level of language covered in the texts, concerning musical knowledge, starts...
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The present study aims at exploring head position in Persian syntactic phrases within the Optimality Theory framework. Making use of syntactic alignment constraints proposed by Grimshaw (2002), which is alternatively notated in this paper as Align-Left/Right(X, XP) (McCarthy, 2008), the study seeks to arrive at a consistent ranking of the relevant...
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This article is a review of the online reading assessment and intervention program Read Naturally Live which is a web-based platform for learners of English (as first or second language) to improve their reading fluency and comprehension, and for teachers (and/or parents) to monitor their students’ progress in developing reading skills.
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In recent years, the increasing use of the Internet has made online discussion forums a common part of educational courses in general, and language learning courses in particular. This asynchronous form of computer-mediated communication (CMC) can provide EFL learners with opportunity for more interaction with others in English, and to practise the...
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This article is a review of the exercise creating program Hot Potatoes developed by the research and development team at the University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre. The program can be used by webmasters, teachers and/or students to make a variety of interactive exercises that can be exported as HTML files and launched on any w...

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This project aims at analysing the representation of non-human animals and the natural world in a variety of Persian language sources; from common everyday expressions and idioms to the language of advertisements, and from the literary texts to classical and modern Persian poetry. While a critical discourse analysis approach is adopted in revealing and criticising the hidden messages in case of negative discourses, the work also specifically draws on positive discourse analysis (Martin, 1999, 2004) in searching for different, more positive ways of using language that encourage respect for non-human animals and the environment, and how they — as clusters of linguistic patterns, e.g. the use of pronouns, vocabulary, types of processes and participants, metaphors, etc. — could possibly be transferred into English and other languages to offer alternative, new ‘stories to live by’ (Stibbe, 2015) which inspire respect and care for the natural world.
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This study aims to analyse the phonotactics of Persian tetrasyllables within an Optimality-theoretic framework. The research follows a descriptive and analytical method. The data include the set of tetrasyllabic words extracted from the Persian lexicon and classified based on their phonological and morphological properties. The words are then analysed based on various aspects with respect to their syllable structure and phonotactic constraints; analysing aspects such as the type and frequency of consonant clusters inside syllables as well as consonant sequences at the border of syllables (based on statistical analysis), the syllable structure and syllable weight, the type and distribution of vowels, and also the phonological processes that Persian goes through to satisfy these constraints in morphological derivation and in loanword adaptation. These constraints and processes are studied within an Optimality-theoretic framework, and the aim is to arrive at a consistent ranking of the relevant markedness and faithfulness constraints which are decisive with respect to the phonotactics of Persian.