Mohammad Amouzadeh-Mahdiraji















1998Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Adelaide, Australia

1994M.A. in Applied Linguistics, University of Queensland, Australia

1988B.A. in English Language and Literature, National University of Iran, Tehran


Areas of interest:

Pragmatics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Studies, Semiotics, Contrastive Linguistics and Translation, Cognitive Linguistics, Persian Linguistics



Fluent: Standard Farsi (Persian), English, Mazandarani (one of Persian dialects).

Familiar: A few Persian dialects (in particular Gilaki), Classic Arabic and German.


Academic appointments:

2013-Present Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of Isfahan

2007-2013  Associate Professor of Linguistics, Linguistics Department, University of Isfahan

2000-2007  Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Department of Persian Literature, University of Isfahan, Iran.

1998-2000  Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Department of English, University of Mazandaran, Iran.

1988-1991  Instructor in English Language Teaching and Translating

1981-1982  Teaching at Guidance School (Post-primary School).


Teaching fields:

Pragmatics, Semiotics, Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Semantics, Contrastive Linguistics and Translation, and Persian Studies




Translation English into Persian:

Amouzadeh, M. and Tavangar, M. (2004). Karbourdshanasi-e zaban, Tehran: SAMT. Translation of George Yule (1996) Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book chapters:

Amouzadeh, M. and Tavangar, M. (2008). Sociolinguistic Aspects of Persian Commercial Advertisements in Post-revolutionary Iran. In M. Semati Media, Culture, and Society in Iran: Globalization and Islamic States. PP. 130-152. London: Routledge.


Amouzadeh, M. and Tavangar, M. and Shahnaseri (2012) "Subjective modality in Persian and English parallel texts", in Subjectivity in Language and Discourse, edited by Nicole Baumgarten, Inke Du Bois and Julian House, pp. 245-266. East Sussex: Emerald Group Publishing.


Amouzadeh, M. and Tavangar, M. (2013) "The influence of standard Persian on Mazandarani: the Case of lexical borrowings and ablative postposition", in Contact Linguistics in Africa and Beyond. Edited by Akinmade T. Akande and Rotimi Taiwa. PP. 149-167. New York: NOVA Science Publishers.



Journal articles in English:


Diyanati, M. and Amouzadeh, M.  (forthcoming). Alternating mechanism of person deictic terms in Persian conversations: a cognitive-dialogic account.

Diyanati, M. and Amouzadeh*, M. (submitted) Deictic shifts and re-contextualization in translation: The case of English and Persian.

Adibi, P. and Kalani, S. and Zahabi*, S.J., and et al. (2023) Emotion recognition support system: Where physicians and psychiatrists meet linguists and data engineers. World Journal of Psychiatry. January 19, 13(1).   

Amouzadeh*, M. and Diyanati, M. (2022). Proximal and distal deictic terms in Persian interactions: An integrative approach. Language Sciences. 92(101485), 1-20.

 Kazemian, Reza and Amouzadeh*, Mohammad (2022) Aspects of væ (‘and’) as a discourse marker in Persian. Pragmatics.

Tavangar, M. and Diyanati, M. and Amouzadeh*, M. (2022) Pragmatics of proverb translation: the case of English and Persian. Lodz Papers in Pragmatics 18(1), 131-150.

Ghaderi, S. and Amouzadeh*, Mohammad (2021). Aspects of bale (‘yes’) in Persian discourse: Its functions, positions, and evolution. Studia Linguistica 75(3), 623-658.

Mousavi*, H. and Amouzadeh, M. (2020) ‘I hear the smell of roses’: Semantic aspects of synaesthetic constructions in Persian, Review of Cognitive Linguistics 18(2), 399-429.

Kassaei, Gh. and *Amouzadeh, M. (2020). Combination of discourse markers in Persian, International Review of Pragmatics 12, 135-163.

Amouzadeh*, M. and Zareifard, R. (2019). Interactional metadiscourse of gender in Persian: the case of conference presentation, Journal of Pragmatics and Society 10(4), 512-531.

Bahrami, H. and Faramarzi*, S. and Amouzadeh, M. (2018). A comparative study of metaphorical expression understanding between children with cochlear implants and normal children. Auditory and Vestibular Research 27(3), 131-136.

Noora, A. and Amouzadeh, M. (2015) “Grammaticalization of y’ani in Persian”, International Journal of Language Studies 9(1), 91-122.

Mousavi, H. and Amouzadeh, M. and Rezaee, V. (2015) Application of frame semantics to teaching seeing and hearing vocabulary to Iranian EFL learners. Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics 6(1), 98-117.

Sharif, B. and Amouzadeh, M. (2015) A cognitive approach to light verb constructions in Persian: Backstage issues. International Journal of Linguistics 7 (3), 15-32.

Khanjan, A.R. and Amouzadeh, M. and Eslami-rasekh, A. and Tavangar, M. (2013) "Ideological aspects of translating news headlines from English into Persian", Meta, Vol. 58 (1), PP. 87-102.

Amouzadeh, M. and Tavangar, M. and Sorahi, M.A. (2012) "A cognitive study of color terms in Persian and English", Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 32, 238-245.

Afzali, K. Tavangar, M. and Amouzadeh, M. (2011) "The strategic needs of Iranian students in reading literary and non-literary texts: a dialogic approach", Asian EFL Journal,

Amouzadeh, M. and House, J. (2010) "Translation as language contact phenomenon: The case of English and Persian passives", Languages in Contrast, Vol. 10, pp. 54-75.

Tavangar, M. Amouzadeh, M. (2009) "Subjective modality and tense in Persian", Language Sciences, Vol.31, pp. 853-873.

Amouzadeh, M. (2008) "Language as social practice: Persian newspapers in post-revolutionary Iran", Journal of Language and Politics, Vol. 7/1, pp. 53-70.

Amouzadeh, M. and Tavangar, M. (2005) “Sociolinguistic transfer: the case of Persian speakers in Australia”, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol.147-148, pp. 63-78.

Tavangar, M. & Amouzadeh, M. (2006) Deictic projection: An enquiry into future-oriented past tense in Persian. Studia Linguistica. Vol. 60, pp. 97-120.

Amouzadeh, M. and Tavangar, M. (2004) “Decoding pictorial metaphors: ideologies in Persian advertisements”, International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 7 (2), pp. 147-174.

Amouzadeh, M. (2006) "A Pragmatic Perspective on the Preterite in Persian", Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities of Shiraz University, vol. 23, pp. 11-20.

Amouzadeh, M. & Shaghool, Y. (2006) 'Interdisciplinary alternatives in Iran', in AGLS News, Vol. 23 (1), pp. 6-7.

Amouzadeh, M. (2003) “Symbolic value of English Language in Persian Advertising”, International Journal of Communication. Vol.13, pp. 197-222.

Amouzadeh, M. (2002) “Social realities in Persian advertising”, The Linguistic Association of Korea Journal, vol.12, pp.179-209.

Amouzadeh, M. (2002) “Persian Advertising in the U.S”, Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 28, pp. 135-152.

Amouzadeh, M. (2001) "Politeness in Persian", Language Forum. Vol. 27, pp. 201-208.


Journal Articles in Persian:

Ramazanpour, Ramazan and Amouzadeh*, Mohammad, and Rezaei, Hadaegh (2022) A    discourse-pragmatic study of deictic terms in (this) and ân (that) in daily Persian conversations. Language Related Issues.13(2), 587-621. [in Persian]

Shirzadi, Shahin, and Amouzadeh*, Mohammad, and Rezaei, Vali, and Kalantari, Ali (2022) Pragmatic aspects of mægær (‘unless’) as a discourse maker is Persian. Journal of Language Research 12(2), 123-146. [in Persian] 10.22059/jolr.2021.323183.666712

Kazemian, Reza and Amouzadeh*, Mohammad (2021/2020). The study of va-parenthetical in Persian. Journal of Linguistics and Khorasan Dialects, 11(2), 255-280. [in Persian]

Noora*, Azam and Amouzadeh, Mohammad (2021). The discourse marker of “âxe” (‘because’/‘but’) in Persian: An intersubjectification account. Journal of Researches in Linguistics 12(2), 145-162. [in Persian]

Mousavi*, H. and Amouzadeh, M. (2019) barresi angizeh-haye baham-aayi vazhgani bar payeh ma’nashenasi qalebi: nemouneh moredi ‘dast’ [An investigation of motivations behind collocations based on frame semantics: the Case study of ‘hand’], Journal of Linguistics and Khorasan Dialects 20(1), 193-225.

Ghaderi, S. and Amouzadeh*, M. (2019) naghsh-nemaye goftemani are-ne dar zabane farsi [The discourse marker of are-ne (‘yes/no’) in Persian], Journal of Comparative Linguistics Researches 9(2), 65-91.

Ghaderi, S. and Amouzadeh*, and Rezaei, V. (2019) vakavi shenakhti va karbordshenasi jomelat sharti dar zabane farsi [A cognitive and pragmatic analysis of Persian conditionals. Language Related Research 10(6), 233-260.

Imani, A. and Rafiei*, A. and Amouzadeh, M. (2019) A Constructional study of the compounds of body part “Del” (Heart) in Persian.  Journal of Language Research 9(2), 23-43.

Soltani, R. and Amouzadeh*, M. and Rezaei, H. (2018a) Force-dynamics and polysemy in LVCs formed by gereftan (‘take’). Journal of Language Research 8(2), 59-78.

Soltani, R. and Amouzadeh*, M. (2018b) From Heavy to Light Verb: The Case of dâdӕn (‘to give’) in Persian Based on the Cognitive Semantics. Journal of Linguistics and Khorasan Dialects 18, 79-100.

Ghaderi, S. and Amouzadeh*, M. (2018) Cooptation in discourse grammar: a reconciliation process between sentence grammar and thetical grammar. Language and Linguistics 13/26, 1-18.

Amouzadeh*, M. and Dianati, M. (2018) Frame semantics and discourse analysis: the case of misinterpretation and misunderstanding in some Persian conversations. Journal of Comparative Linguistics Researches 8/15, 1-19.

Amouzadeh*, M. and Dianati, M. and Azimdokht, Z. (2017) Deictic projection of present perfect in Persian: a semantic analysis. Journal of Language Research 8(1), 99-116.

Azmoudeh, H. and Amouzadeh*, M. (2017) Cooptation and the relative clauses in Persian. Journal of Language Related Research 8 (4), 239-263.

Azmoudeh, H. and Amouzadeh*, M. and Rezaei, V. (2017) A study of relative clause extra-position in Persian: discourse grammar. Journal of Language Research 10(24), 59- 85.

Sharif, B. and Amouzadeh*, M. (2017). Compound verb formation from a cognitive grammar viewpoint. Language Related Research 8(2), 149-170.

Azmoudeh, H. and Amouzadeh*, M. and Rezaei, V. and Taheri, E. (2016) Diachronic development of restrictive clauses in Persian. Journal of Grammar 12, 193-215.

Danashvar, M. and Amouzadeh, M. and Rezaee, H. (2016) “ab’ade ma’naee mekanvazheh bar asase model chand ma’naee qa’edemand” [A cognitive-semantic analysis of zir in Persian]. Jostarhaye Zabani 34, 415-443.

Amouzadeh, M. and Karimi-Doustan, and Sharif, B. (2016) “shabekeh ma’naee fe’l gareftan bar asase ma’nashenasi osulmand” [the semantic network of “gareftan” based on principled-semantics model]. Pazhueshaye Zabani 11, 117-136.

Mousavi, H. Amouzadeh, M. and Rezaee, V. (2016) “barasi vazheh didan bar asase ma’nashenasi qalebi” [A frame semantics approach to analyze the word “seeing”]. Jostarhaye Zabani 28, 219-236.

Amouzadeh, M. and Veisi, R. (2014) “ramzgardani ve ramzamixtagi: motaleh moredi amoozash zabane engelisi dar bukan” [code-switching and code-mixing: a case study of English teaching classroom], Journal of Language Research, 12, 99-126.

Mousavi, H. and Amouzadeh, M. (2014) “mo’arrafi marateb nemayehi silverstain ve tahlil nemoonehhai az mokalemeh lori ve laki bar asase an” [Silverstein’s Indexical orders and its application to analysis of some conversation in Lori and Laki], Researches in Linguistics, 10, 77-96.

Amouzadeh, M. and Noora, A. (2014) “dastur shodegi tasassoli ya’ni az didgah dasture gofteman” [cyclic grammaticalization of ya’ni from discourse grammar perspective], Journal of Linguistic Researches, 5 (1), 75-93.

Amouzadeh, M. and Azmoudeh, H. (2014) “janbeh-haye dasture mo’tarezeh bar asase nemoneh-hayi az zabane farsi”, [Thetical grammar: an Introduction to discourse grammar based on Persian examples], jostarhaye zabani, vol. 4(7), 45-66.

Amouzadeh, M. and Zareifard, R. and Alinezhad, B. (2014) "jensiat ve qat'e kalam dar jalasate defa' az payannameh", [gender and interruption in dissertation defense sessions], jostarhaye zabani, Vol. 4(20), 149-170.

Sorahi, M.A. and Amouzadeh, M. (2014) "barrasi moqayesei este'arehaye xashm dar zabane farsi ve engelesi", [A contrastive study of anger metaphors in Persian and English], Nashrieh zabanshenasi tatbiqi, vol. 3, 40-62.

Rahimian, J. and Amouzadeh, M. (2013) "af'ale vajhi and bayane vajhiat", [Modal verbs and modality in Persian], Pazhuyeshhae zabani [Journal of Language Researches], vol. 4, 21-40.

Amouzadeh, M. and Esfandiari, N. (2012) "baznemoon hoviat ejtemaee zan dar resaneh sinemae iran", [A study of women social identity in Iranian movies]. Zan dar farhang o honar, vol. 4(3), pp. 119-138.

Amouzadeh, M. and Esfandiari, N. (2012) "barrasi saxte ezafe dar zabane farsi", [A contrastive study of ezafe construction in Persian]. Nashrieh zabanshenasi tatbiqi, vol.2, pp.59-91.

Amouzadeh, M. and Rezaee, H. (2012) "barrasi mafahime vajhi zaman dastori dar zabane farsi", [Subjectve meanings of tense in Persian]. Pazhuyeshhae zabani [Journal of Language Researches], vol. 3 (1), 53-76.

Amouzadeh, M. and Bahrami, F. (2012) "barrasi saxte af'ale sabok dar zabane farsi bar asase zabanshanasi shenaxti" [A cognitive study of light verb constructions in Persian]. Pazhuyeshhae zaban ve adabiat tatbiqi [Researches of Language and Comparative Literature], 4, pp.169-191.

Amouzadeh, M. and Eslami-rasekh, A. amd Tavangar, M. and Khanjan, A.R. (2011) "Tahlil enteqadi gofteman az tarjome anavine xabari", [A CDA analysis of News Headlines in Translation], Motale'ate tarjome [Translation Studies], 35, pp. 5-22.

Naghizadeh, M. and Tavangar, M. and Amouzadeh, M. (2011) "barrasi mafhome zenihat dar af'ale vajhi farsi" [Subjectitivity in Persian modal verbs], Pazhuyeshhae zabanshenasi [Researches in Linguistics], 4, pp. 1-23.

Amouzadeh, M. and Shahnaseri, Sh. (2011) "barrasi payamadhaye tarjeme az engelesi bar maqule vajheyat dar farsi", [The impact of English on Persian modal auxiliaries through translation". Pazhuyeshhae zabani, 3, pp. 21-50.

Amouzadeh, M. Shirvani, J. (2011) "qeshrbandi eshtema'I ve neveshtar danshamouzane rahnemayi shiraz", [Social class and Persian writing performance: the case of guidance students in Shiraz]. Jamehshenasi kharbordi, 45, 105-124.

Amouzadeh, M. Rezaei, H. (2010) “ab’ade m’anashenaxi bayed dar zabane farsi”, [A semantic analysis of bayed in Persian]. Journal of Language Studies of Tehran University. Vol. 1, pp. 57-78.

Amouzadeh, M. (2011) “janbehyae mianfarhangi karborde zabane engelisi tassote farsizabanan” [Intercultural aspects of using English by Persian Speakers], Studies of Language and Translation, vol.1, pp.

Amouzadeh, M. and Bahrami, F. (2010) "barasi janbahaye karbordshenaxti esharate zamani dar zabane farsi", [Aspects of temporal deixis in Modern Persian]. Journal of Linguistics and Khorasan Dialects, vol. 2, pp. 15-33.

Amouzadeh, M. (2006) "barrasi moqayesseyi namehaye tejari dar qabl ve ba'de enqelab" [Contrastive study of trade-names in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran]. Journal of Faculty of Letters of Kerman University. Vol.15, pp. 125-138.

Amouzadeh, M. and Shaghool, Y. (2007) "miyan reshtahyiha: ta'yarif ve zarouratha" [interdisciplinaries: definitions and necessities]. Rahyaft Quarterly, Vol.4, 25-34.

Amouzadeh, M. (2004) Naqashe zaban dar nemoude vaqia'atha [language and the representation of reality]. Journal of literature & Humanities. Tabriz University, vol. 47, pp.1-21.

Amouzadeh, M. (2004) Baztabe Moheti dar Ash'are Nima [Environmental reflections in Nima's poems]. Journal of Faculty of Letters and Humanities: Language & Literature. Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, vol. 144, pp. 67-82.

Amouzadeh, M. (2003) "dozabangunagi ve hamgarayi dar goyesh mazanderani" [Diglossia and convergence in Mazenderani]. Journal of Humanities  and Social Sciences: Literature and Theology, Mazandaran University. Vol. 2, pp.139-160.



Proceedings of Conference Papers:

Amouzadeh, M. & Tavangar (2005) "Green Ideology in Persian literature", Proceedings of 2nd International Symposium on Globalization: Towards a Sustainable Cooperation for Environment and Higher Education. Isfahan, 14-18 April, 2004, pp.

Amouzadeh, M. (2002) "A further case against the universality of politeness" Diverse Voices: Selected Readings in Language, pp. 120-126. Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia.


International conference papers and presentations:

2022, The Pragmatic Marker of yani in Persian. 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication – INPRA 2022. 21-23 June, University of Queensland, Australia

2021, An Integrative Study of Proximal and Distal Terms in Persian (Main presenter)

17th International Pragmatics Conference, 27 June – 2 July 2021 Winterthur, Switzerland

2021, Pragmatic Aspects of Translation of Proximal and distal terms in English and Persian (co-presenter) 17th International Pragmatics Conference, 27 June – 2 July 2021 Winterthur, Switzerland

2015, ‘The Impact of Computer Technology on the Future Culture and Communication Patterns’, 1st International Conference on the Future of Culture, P. 17. Allameh Tabataba’I University, Tehran, Iran, 19-20 May, 2015.

2010, 'Dialogism in Persian Blog', 1st National Conference on Language, Discourse and Pragmatics, P.65. University of Ahvaz, Iran 20-22 January.

2009, 'Socio-cultural aspects of Persian print advertisements in the U.S', 4th Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianates Societies, P. 58-59. Lahor, Pakistan 26 February – 1 March.

2009, 'Subjective modality in parallel texts: the case of Persian and English', 11th International Pragmatics Conference, p. 36-7. Melbourne, Australia 12-17 July.

2008, 'A Sociolinguistic Study of Persian Political Texts in Post-revolutionary Iran', 1st International Conference on Literature and Linguistics, ATINER, Athens, 28-31 July.

2007, 'Covert translation and cultural filter: the case of Persian academic abstracts', 10th International Pragmatics Conference. P. 293.  Göteborg, Sweden 19-23 July.

2006, 'The scope of sentential negation in Persian', Australian Linguistic Society Annual Conference. Pp.16-17. Brisbane, Australia 7-9 July.

2006, 'The impact of translation on Persian political discourses', ALAA 2006 Conference on Language and Languages: Global and Local Tensions. The university of Queensland, Australia, 5-8 July.

2006, 'Covert translation: the impact of English as a lingua franca on Persian written texts', Einführungstangung Leipzig, p. 6. Leipzig Universetät, 23-25 November.

2004, 'Deicticity and subjectivity: the case of Persian preterite', presented at International Conference on Language, Culture, and Mind (LCM), Portsmouth, England: 18-20 July

2002, ‘The function of sociolinguistic transfer in intercultural communication’, presented at Sociolinguistic Symposium 14, Gent, Belguim: 4-6 April

2001, ‘A further case against the universality of politeness’ presented at Second Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literatures and Cultures, 17-19 April.

1996, ‘Discourse of Persian commercial advertising’ presented at 2nd Biennial Conference of The Discursive Construction of Knowledge on ‘Discourse and Cultural Practice’ Adelaide, Feb. 28 – March 3.


Courses taught:

Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis, Cognitive Linguistics, Teaching Persian to non-Persian Speakers, Persian Studies


2017-2019 Head of Department of Linguistics, the University of Isfahan

2009-present Editor-in-Chief  Pazhueshyae Zabanshansi (Research in Linguistics)

2015-2019 Member of Selection Committee of Humanities, University of Isfahan

2015-2019 Member of Promotion Committee of Humanities, the University of Isfahan

2017-2019 Member of Senatus Academicus, University of Isfahan

2008-2011 Secretary of Promotion Committee, Faculty of Foreign Languages

2007-2011 Head of Linguistics Department, University of Isfahan

2003-2006 Deputy Head of Department of Persian Literature, University of Isfahan

2001-2006 Committee Member of Graduate Studies, Department of Linguistics

2001-2006 Committee Member of the Specialized Board, Department of Linguistics

2008-2018 Editorial Board of International Journal of Cultural Studies

2009-present Editorial Board of Journal of Linguistics and Khorasan Dialects

2010-present Editorial Board of Journal of language Researches

2011-present Editorial Board of Journal of Comparative Linguistics

2010-present Editorial Board of Applied Research on English Language


Scholarship, Sabbatical and visiting Professor:

Humboldt Fellowship 2006-2007 at Hamburg University (Germany)

Humboldt Visiting Scholar July-September 2010 at FRIAS, Freiburg University (Germany)

Visiting Scholar March-May 2012 at University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Humboldt Visiting Scholar June-September 2013, at Heinrich Heine University (Germany)

Visiting Professor for the Persian Studies at Charles Prague University in 2014 (Czech Republic)

Main applicant of Humboldt Research Group of Linkage (2017-2021), project number: F010416003

Ph.D. dissertation and MA Thesis supervision:

2002-present, supervision of 27 MA dissertations

2005-present, supervision of 13 PhD dissertations

2002-present, co-supervision for 6 PhD and 30 Master dissertations.


Academic Association Membership:

International Association of Pragmatics, 2006-present

The Societas Linguistica Europaea, 2010-present

Iranian Linguistics Association, 2008-present

Iranian Society of Intercultural Philosophy, 2016-present





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