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Sharifi, Amir

Lecturer, Linguistics
California State University, Long Beach


Teaching/Research Interests: My central interest is literacy socialization as a cultural model, with a particular focus on how scriptal and calligraphic traditions inform modern literacy and orthographic practices in Iranian communities across time and space. I have done ethnographic research on one of these communities in Los Angeles. My research identifies an intrinsic linkage both ideological and pedagogical between khoshnevisi, “elegant writing” calligraphic traditions and modern literacy practices in a Persian heritage school. This research views mashq or “the practice of copying” with its emphasis on the form of writing as one of the central sites for the socialization of Iranian American children into the aesthetics of Persio-Arabic orthography and its associated ethics. I bring this interest in the intersection of language, education and culture to the courses I teach. I am also keenly interested in linguistic and cultural diversity and rights. Because of my extensive experience and involvement in applied linguistics, I teach a variety of courses dealing with different aspects of linguistics.

DISCIPLINE
Linguistics
SUB AREAS
Ethnography   
Education   
Translation   
Folklore/Folklife   
Diaspora/Refugee Studies   
Language Acquisition   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Kurdistan   
Iran   
SPECIALTIES
Language and literacy socialization, language iden   
LANGUAGES
Kurdish (Native)   
Persian (Native)   
English (Advanced)   
EDUCATION
PhD2006Applied LinguisticsUCLA
MA Cantab.1997LinguisticsCalifornia State University, Long Beach

Amir Sharifi