• Ph.D. (1998)


    , University of Tehran, Iran

  • M.Sc. (1993)


    , Tarbiat Modares University,

  • B.Sc. (1990)

    English literature

    English department, Allame Tabatabaie, Tehran, Iran

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    Arsalan Golfam was born in Malayer , Hamadan province on 21 march 1967. He studied English literature for his BA degree and graduated from Allame tabatabaei university in Tehran in June 1990 and completed his MA in linguistics in 1993 at TMU (Tarbiat Modares University. He received his PhD from Tehran University in July 1997. Since then he started his academic life as a faculty member at the department of linguistics . He is the head of the linguistics department at the moment.


    Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    From need to necessity: bayad in Iranian Languages

    Sepideh Koohkan, Arsalan Golfam
    Journal PaperLanguage Related Research , Volume 12 , Issue 1, 2021 March 10, {Pages 109-143 }


    This article aims to study the modal elements equal to bajad in Persian, meaning ‘must, should, and have to’in some West Iranian languages, including Balochi, Gerashi, Gilaki, Hawrami, Kahangi, Kurdish, Lori, Persian, Semnani and Tati. It also presents the semantic map of these expressions beside a categorization of these languages based on a modal element. The investigations have indicated that some of these languages (Balochi, Bamposht dialect and Hawrami, Hawraman Takht dialect) use adverbial modals to express these notions, while at least in one case (ie Kahangi), there are two distinctive auxiliaries which signify ‘must, have to, and should’. Moreover, classification of these languages, according to a semantic feature, ends in

    The Study of Phonotactics in Sistani Balo: chi Dialect Based on Generative Phonology

    Mohammad Doosty, Aliyeh Kord Zafaranloo, Arsalan Golfam, Abbasali Ahangar
    Journal PaperJournal of Linguistics & Khorasan Dialects , 2021 February 3, {Pages }


    The purpose of this research is to study phonotactics in Sistani Balo:chi dialect based on Generative Phonology. A data corpus was collected from a number of Sistani Balo:ch speakers. The results show that there are consonant clusters both in onset and coda. These consonant clusters include constraints in onset and coda. Therefore, consonants which have [-sonorant] feature cannot occur as the second member of the onset in simple and compound words. Also, two consonants with the same place of articulation cannot make cluster in onset. [r] and [w] as the second member of onset and [n] and [r] as the first member of coda are the most frequent consonants respectively. The low and front vowel [a] is the most frequent as the nucleus of syllables

    Conventionalism as the Component of Meaning: Examination of Davidson's View

    Hooman Mohammad Ghorbanian, Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hodjati, Lotfollah Nabavi, Arsalan Golfam
    Journal PaperThe International Journal of Humanities , Volume 28 , Issue 1, 2021 January 10, {Pages 24-Dec }


    Davison has two famous articles against conventionalism. The core of his argument is to scrutinize erroneous but successful conversations which happen in language occasionally and conventional meaning cannot explain how the speaker and the listener understand each other in these cases. However, his premises are not clear and it makes it difficult to study and criticize his main point. We believe there are at least five premises such as: 1) The listener comprehends the words the speaker has said in their conventional meaning; 2) If the conversation is successful then the listener has understood the words and sentences in their general first meaning; 3) Sometimes the conversation is successful although there are some misuse of words; 4) In th

    Syllable Contact Law in Persian Derivative Words

    Zahra Esmailimatin, Aleea Kourdzafaranloo Kambozia, Arsalan Golfam, Mohammad Dabirmoghaddam
    Journal Paperمطالعات زبانها و گویشهای غرب ایران , 2021 March 10, {Pages }


    The purpose of this study is to investigate the extent of compliance of SCL in consonant sequences in derivation boundary in Persian derivative words. To do this research 1362 derivative words with consonant sequence are extracted from Moshiri dictionary (1388) and their sonority slope based on Parker (2008) are studied. Results show that of the 1362 words with consonant sequences, 198 consonant sequences were observed. The most frequent sequences are sequences that both of the consonants are obstruent and the least sequences are the sequences with two sonorant consonants. In terms of sonority slope, there is no restrictions at syllable boundary and all three types of differentiation, i.e. falling sonority (48% of the data), the same sonori

    Linguistic Foregrounding by Adding Phonetic, Lexical and Phrasal Parallelism in the Official Documents’ Texts and its Effect on Audience Understanding: a Forensic Linguistic?…

    Kianoosh Kayghobadi Amiri, Ferdows Aghagolzadeh Silakhori, Arsalan Golfam, Mohammad Bagher Parsapoor
    Journal Paperمطالعات زبانها و گویشهای غرب ایران , Volume 9 , Issue 1, 2021 March 21, {Pages 97-112 }


    The documents registered in notary public offices are not deniable after being signed and must be fully understood by the audience. The closer a text is to automatic language, the easier it is to understand. This is why scientific texts, unlike poetic texts, are free from aesthetic devices. To simplify the texts of official documents in forensic linguistics framework, this descriptive-analytical research has tried to identify and if possible, rewrite the samples of foregrounding as a feature of literary language which can take the text far from the automatic language and create difficulty in understanding. In order to identify these samples and to show their effects on understanding, 100 documents (50 from the book of sample documents and 5

    Structural and semantic analysis of sentences with two negative elements in Persian

    M Arghavani, A Golfam, A Afrashi
    Journal Paper , , {Pages }


    The Sonority Sequencing Principle in the Affricate Clusters in the Simplex Words in Comparison with the Affricate Sequences at the Boundary of Compounding

    P Aryaei, A Kourdzafaranloo Kambozia, A Golfam, F Agha Gol Zadeh
    Journal Paper , , {Pages }


    A survey on the structure of compound verbs among the 5-to-7-year-old healthy Persian-speaking children's utterances

    P Bakhshandeh, R Nilipour, Z Ghoreishi, A Golfam, S Modarres Khiabani
    Journal Paper , , {Pages }


    Linguistic Foregrounding by Adding Phonetic, Lexical and Phrasal Parallelism in the Official Documents’ Texts and its Effect on Audience Understanding: a Forensic Linguistic …

    K Kayghobadi Amiri, F Aghagolzadeh Silakhori, A Golfam, MB Parsapoor
    Journal Paper , , {Pages }


    From Need to Necessity: Bajæd in Modern West Iranian Languages

    S Koohkan, A Golfam
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    The Relation between Grammaticalization and Intersubjectification in Designating the Genesis of Modal Auxiliaries

    S Koohkan, J Nuyts, A Golfam
    Journal PaperJournal of Western Iranian Languages and Dialects , Volume 8 , Issue 28, 2020 January , {Pages 95-112 }


    This paper considers role of grammaticalization and intersubjectification in determining the origin of some modal auxiliaries in Iranian languages. These auxiliaries, based on Nuyts (2005 and further) express deontic necessity, epistemic possibility, participant-inherent necessity, participant-imposed necessity, and situational necessity, which for the ease of access are considered as equivalences to ‘’(must). Based on the traditional definition of grammaticalization, one might expect these auxiliaries, the same as other auxiliaries to be developed from lexical verbs. However, following this path might violate what Traugott and Dasher (2002), Traugott (1989, 1995 and 2010) and also Byloo and Nuyts (2014) have in

    Psychometric Characteristics of Annette's Handedness Test-Turkish Version

    Journal Paper , Volume 6 , Issue 12000849, 2020 January 1, {Pages 16-Sep }


    Aim: The present study aims to translate and determine the validity and reliability of the Annette's Handedness Test according to the language and culture of the Turkish people of Azerbaijan. Method: initially the twelve items of the test were translated and or their equivalents were made according to the language and culture of the Turkish people. Two qualitative (CVR) and quantitative (CVI) indexes were used for the determination of content validity of the translated and made options in which the expert panel was concluded 20 Turkish linguists and psychologists. Based on this, according to the Lawshe’s Sampling Decision Table (Hajizadeh, 2011) options higher than 0. 42 were selected for CVR content validity and options higher than 0. 79

    Description, linguistic analysis and presenting models of news selection and production in genres of

    FERDOWS AGHAGOLZADEH, Azadeh Keshvardoost, Zaferanlou Kambuzia Alieh Kord, ARSALAN GOLFAM
    Journal Paper , Volume 5 , Issue 2000781, 2020 January 1, {Pages 279-311 }


    Although many studies have been done on news and linguistics features of media discourse, considering news genres and differences in their linguistics details have been neglected. This genres include political, social, economical, cultural, labor, international, world and science. This research is due to study on linguistics features of sport and social news, considering Van Dijk’s Theory of Ideology (2006) and also their differences is due to be identified, described and explained. By doing so, in the end a model will be represented for selection and representation of news in these fields. The reason for selection of these two fields is the amount of their audience and meaningful difference of their linguistic errors in comparison with o

    A Cognitive Study of the Construction of Euphemistic Meaning via the Process of Negation in Persian

    Sadjad Mousavi, Arsalan Golfam, Ferdows Aghagolzadeh, Aliyeh Kambuziya
    Journal PaperLanguage Research , 2020 November 27, {Pages }


    A Cognitive Study of the Construction of Euphemistic Meaning via the Process of Negation in PersianThe aim of this article is to explain the construction of euphemistic meaning via the process of negation from the perspective of cognitive linguistics. The main question of the present study is how the cognitive mechanism of negation acts for constructing euphemistic meaning and consequently for motivating euphemistic linguistic structures. The present research explains euphemism in Persian by a descriptive-analytical method. Data were also collected manually from mostly library resources containing several Persian-language dictionaries. In this study, it is shown that the cognitive process of negation is volitionally applied to a conceptual

    Discourse Analysis of power relations among actors of stories written for Iranian children in Persian from a cognitive pint of view

    Masume Kheirabadi, Ferdows Aghagolzade, Arsalan Golfam, Aliyeh Kord Zaferanlu Kambuzia
    Journal PaperIranian Children's Literature Studies , 2020 October 3, {Pages }


    In most of the communication situations power of actors determines the types of social relations and impacts on their speech actions. Like any other types of discourses, power relations are also observable in children’s stories and specify the way characters interact each other. The research problem is to identify types of such relations and their dioscourse goals in children’s stories. The main objective of this study is to explore mental models corresponding to power relations playing roles in shaping these texts. To acheive this objective, linguistic strategies regarding to power relations among actors are analyzed within socio-cognitive discourse analysis of Van Dijk (2000). This research is a descriptive-analytical one and 30 stori

    Verb Movement in Sanandaji Kurdish: A Minimalist approach

    Mojgan Osmani, Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam, Arsalan Golfam
    Journal PaperLanguage Related Research , Volume 11 , Issue 4, 2020 October 10, {Pages 509-532 }


    The present paper is about the syntactic verb movement in Sanandaji within the minimalist program. To achieve this goal, verb movement can be considered from two approaches: a) strong or weak agreement system based on Pollock (1989), Belletti (1991), and Chomsky (1995), B) the split inflectional system based on Bobaljik & Thr?insson (1998). The movement of the main verb based on the strong and weak agreement system in the Kurdish language has been investigated using the ellipsis of the verb phrase as diagnostic. In recent studies, however, the ellipsis of the verb phrase has been challenged in Persian languages. Having studied briefly linguistics’ view, we argue in favor of verb ellipsis in Sanandaji Kurdish and use it to show verb moveme

    Polysemy Explanation of some Verbs in Persian FrameNet for Frame becoming-aware with Cognitive Approaches

    Nesa Mihanparast, Arsalan Golfam, Hayat Ameri
    Journal PaperLanguage Science , Volume 7 , Issue 11, 2020 March 20, {Pages 159-196 }


    Polysemy, being among the conceptual relationships that is important and frequent in Persian, is very close to cognitive concepts. In FrameNet, which is an on-line project in the field of English vocabulary at the University of Berkeley based on frame semantics theory of Fillmore in 1997, each word is related to a frame and relations between words indirectly derive from direct relationship with the frames. This is what can lead to polysemy. In FrameNet, which is considered a huge development in the formation of cognitive semantics, linguistic concepts are seen as related forms in a semantic network and representation of these frames in lexical units. In this descriptive-analytic study, some Persian verbs which are extracted from the diction

    Consonant Adjacency Restrictions in Derivation Boundary in Farsi

    Zahra Esmailimatin, Aleea Kourdzafaranloo Kambozia, Arsalan Golfam, Mohammad Dabirmoghaddam
    Journal Paperمطالعات زبانها و گویشهای غرب ایران , 2020 October 13, {Pages }


    The purpose of the present research is to study consonant adjacency restrictions at the derivation boundary in Persian words. This research shows that to what extent consonant adjacency can be affected by place of articulation, manner of articulation and voice feature. In this research 1362 derivative words with consonant sequence are extracted from Moshiri dictionary (1388). The frequency of sequences and the frequency of each consonant in each of the places in sequence is presented. The results show that consonants are appeared in consonant sequences with a significant difference in frequency. Fricative- nonfricative sequences have the most frequency and nasal-nasal sequences have the least frequency. Comparing the frequency of consonants

    The Analysis of Transitivity in Persian child Language from perspective of Hopper and Thompson Theory

    Faeghe Karimi, Arsalan Golfam, Mahnaz Karbalaie Sadegh
    Journal Paperمطالعات زبانها و گویشهای غرب ایران , Volume 8 , Issue 3, 2020 September 22, {Pages 49-68 }


    Since transitivity is a crucial and applied concept in language and discourse, its analysis can provide answers to many questions in child language studies. Transitivity in semantic-discoursal approach of Hopper and Thompson theory involves a number of components, only one of which is the presence of an object of the verb. The other components are the punctuality and telicity of the verb, the agency of the participant, and the affectedness of the object. To this end, 100 declarative clauses from 4 children around 3 were analyzed. We analyzed different parameters of Hopper and Thompson theory in Persian child language to see if there are any differences in identified parameters between child and adult language. Properties of the prototypical

    Conceptual Metaphor of Women in the Fictional Literature of the Eighties Based on the Critical Metaphor Analysis Approach

    Shirin Asghari, Arsalan Golfam, Faezeh Farazandehpour
    Journal PaperJournal of Sociolinguistics , Volume 3 , Issue 2, 2020 April 20, {Pages 37-48 }


    یـسررب لماـش لـماع ود هـب یخیرات و یگنهرف، یکیژولوئدیا ۀدـننک ییاـشگزمر اـی هدـننک یراذـگزمر درـف رظنم زا هراعتسا باـختنا رب هناهاگآان ای هناهاگآ لماوع تیمکاح نازیم و هراعتسا هـب یدرـکیور هراعتـسا یداـقتنا لـیلحت. دراد یگتـسب هراعتسا ار ناکما نیا هک تسا نامتفگ یـم ام هب شور هـک دـهد یاـه

    Current Teaching

    • MS.c.


    • Ph.D.

      Semantic Theories

    • Ph.D.

      Cognitive Disorders

    Teaching History

    • MS.c.

      Linguistic Schools

    • MS.c.

      Principles of Cognitive Linguistics

    • Ph.D.

      Semantic Theories

    • MS.c.

      Syntactic Argumentation

    • Ph.D.

      Typology of Language

    • 2018
      Feizi, Somayeh
      A study of conceptual metaphors in field of pleasant and unpleasant emotions in the novel East of Eden
    • 2021
      Aghamirzaei, Negar
    • 2019
      Tavakkoli, Masoud
      Analyzing Embodied Simulation Hypothesis in terms of stimuli sequence in Mirror Neuron System, point of view and metaphorical perception of language
    • 2020
      Tabatabai, Saleh
    • 2020
      Sharifi, Mahshid
    • 2021
      Parhizkar, Akram
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    • the head of linguistics and foreign languages -assembly for humanities text books
    • member of the Editorial board of the jounal of western Iranian Languages and dialects
    • the head of linguistics department -Tarbiat Modares University
    • member of the committee for the selection of Persian counterparts for loan word in persian academy of language and literature
    • (member of the Editorial board of Elm-e Zaban(science of Language
    • Adminstrative deputy of the linguistics society of Iran
    • the head of syntax and typology group- Linguistics society of Iran
    • The head of linguistics department _ SAMT Organization
    • Deputy for educational and research -Kar University
    • member of the editorial board of Language and linguistics journal_Linguistics society of Iran



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