Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute wishes to congratulate the following two Ph.D. candidates for being awarded our Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies for the completion of their doctoral studies in academic year 2018-19.

Elham Monfaredi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). Her research interests include cross-cultural pragmatics, inter-language pragmatics, discourse analysis and conversational analysis. She has been a Graduate Assistant in the Persian Language, Linguistics and Culture Program at UHM for academic years 2014-2018, during which she was awarded the Roshan Institute Fellowship in Persian Linguistics, Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics three years in a row. She has also been a Persian Instructor in the Persian Language Summer Institute at the University of Maryland in the summers of 2016, 2017 and 2018. Ms. Monfaredi expects to defend her dissertation, entitled “Storytelling in Persian Language Classrooms: A Conversation Analytic Perspective,” in spring 2019.

Dr. Gündoğdu joined Professor Kahnemuyipour in September 2019, for a two-year term, to work on the first phase of his five-year project, which aims to investigate the syntax of nominal linkers across languages. Starting with the better-studied Persian case known as the Ezafe, in its first stage, the project takes on a systematic comparative investigation of several Iranian languages to establish the properties nominal linkers in each of these languages possess. The project team is currently compiling data on several Iranian languages–Kurmanji, Zazaki, Gilaki, Sorani Kurdish and Ossetian–to provide a cross-classification of nominal linkers based on a detailed study of their properties in these languages.