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Jaffer Sheyholislami

Associate Professor (Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies); Assistant Director (ALDS)

Degrees:PhD (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8251
Email:jaffer_sheyholislami@carleton.ca
Office:260 Paterson Hall

Research Interests

  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Heritage Languages
  • Kurdish language and linguistics
  • Language and media
  • Language and identity
  • Writing in academic settings
  • Language policy and planning

Courses

Current course information for this faculty member can be found by searching the Carleton Central/Public Schedule by Term and Name.

Courses previously taught

Undergraduate courses:

  • ALDS 1001: Introduction to Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies
  • ALDS 2202: Analysis of Written Language Use
  • ALDS 2705: Language, Ideology and Power
  • ALDS 2701: Language in Society
  • ALDS 3401/ENGL 3908: Research and Theory in Academic Writing
  • ALDS 4709: Systemic Functional Linguistics

Graduate courses:

  • ALDS 5001: Directions in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies
  • ALDS 5102: Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • ALDS 5407: Language Policy and Planning
  • ALDS 5408: Critical Discourse Analysis
  • ALDS 5607: Research and Theory in Academic Writing
  • ALDS 5904: Special Topics in Written Discourse/Literacies

Recent Publications

Books

2011. Kurdish identity, discourse, and new media. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited journal

2012. Sheyholislami, Jaffer, Hassanpour, Amir, and Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove (Eds.) The Kurdish Linguistic Landscape: Vitality, Linguicide and Resistance. Special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, No. 217.

Articles in refereed journals

2016. “It is the Hardest to Keep”: Kurdish as a Heritage Language in the United States.  International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 237, 75-98. (with Amir Sharifi, California State University, Long Beach)

2013. Using appraisal theory to understand rater values: An examination of rater comments on ESL test essays. Journal of Writing Assessment, (6)1. (with Carla Hall)

2012. Kurdish in Iran: A case of restricted and controlled tolerance. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 217, 19-47.

2012. Introduction: Linguicide, resistance, and hope. The Kurdish Linguistic Landscape: Vitality, Linguicide and Resistance. Special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 217, 1-18. (with Amir Hassanpour and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas)

2012. Concluding remarks. In The Kurdish Linguistic Landscape: Vitality, Linguicide and Resistance. Special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 217, 181-187. (with Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Amir Hassanpour)

2011. A bilingual corpus-assisted discourse study of the construction of nationhood and belonging in Quebec. Discourse & Society, 22(1), 21-47. (With Rachelle Freak and Guillaume Gentil).

2010. Identity, language, and new media: The Kurdish case. Language Policy, 9(4), 289-312.

Chapters in edited books

2015. Identity, Language, and New Media: The Kurdish Case.  In H. K. Holmes (Ed.), Language and the Media: Critical Concepts in Linguistics, Vol. 1, Chapter 11. London: Routledge. 

2015.  Language varieties of the Kurds.  In W. Taucher, M. Vogl, & P. Webinger (Eds.), The Kurds: History, religion, language, politics (pp. 30-51).  Vienna, Austria: Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior.

2012. Language policy and planning: Identity and rights in Iraqi Kurdistan. In G. Kunsang, A. Snavely and T. Shakya (Eds.), Minority language in today’s global society, Vol. 2 (pp. 106-128).  New York, NY: Trace Foundation.

2012. Linguistic Minorities on the Internet. In Kirk St.Amant & Kelsey Sigrid (Eds.), Computer-Mediated Communication across Cultures: International Interactions in Online Environments (pp. 235-250). IGI Global publication.

2007. Yesterday’s “Separatists” are Today’s “Resistance Fighters”: Mainstream Media as Agents of Hegemony. In J. Bernardo, G. López & P. Sancho (Eds.), Análisis crítico del discurso de los medios de comunicación de masas [Critical discourse analysis of the mass media of communication]. Valencia: Universitat de València.

Conference proceedings

2010. Facilitating Dialogic Learning: Class Blogs on WebCT. Proceedings of EDULEARN10 (International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies), 5th-7th July 2010, Barcelona, Spain. CD version. 2010. ISBN:978-84-613-9386-2.

Book review in scholarly journals

2009. Minority Language Media: Concepts, Critiques and Case Studies. [Review of the book with the same title, edited by Mike Cormack and Niamh Hourigan (2007). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.]. Canadian Journal of Communication 34(4), 757-759.

Encyclopedia / Dictionary articles

In press. Kurdish media culture. Encyclopedia Iranica. Vol. x. Costa Mesa, California: Mazda Publishers.

2011. Kurdistan. In George Barnett & Geoffrey J. Golson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Networks, Vol. 1, pp. 473-4. London: Sage Publications.

Papers presented to learned societies and/or international conferences

Designing and Teaching our first fully online undergraduate course as a team: Successes and Challenges” (with Eva Kartchava, Peggy Hartwick, Iryna Kozlava, Kirk Davies, and Dragana Polovina-Vukovic). STLHE Annual Conference (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education), Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 16-19, 2015.

“Language Choice in Education in the KRG: A Linguistic or a Political Decision?” (With Alexandra Ioannidou, and Rebeen Rasheed). On the Outside Looking In: A Kurdish Studies Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA, January 27, 2015.

“Language Policy and Planning and Competing Language Ideologies in Iraqi Kurdistan”, the 2014 Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, September 3-5, 2014.

2013 April 27-28. “The State of Translation in Erbil Province”. (Invited paper). Translation Symposium.  Duhok University, Duhok, KRG.

2013 February 02. “Zimanî Nusîn Wekû Pêshmerjêk bo netewe-damezrandin/Written Language as a Prerequisite for Nation-building”, Konfiransî Zimanî Dayik/The Mother Tongue Conference.  Koya University, Erbil Governerate, KRG, Iraq.

2013 April 15-17. “Reimagining the Unimaginable: Language, Communication and Nationhood.” Kurdistan-Between Past and Future: An International Conference. Soran University, Soran, Erbil Governorate, KRG.

2012 October 11-15. “Language Policy and Planning in Iraqi Kurdistan”. 2nd Scientific World Kurdish Congress, Erbil, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq.

2012 September 6-8. “Kurdish in Iran: A Case of Restricted and Controlled Tolerance”. Presented (by Ergin Opengin, in my absence) at the Second International Conference on Kurdish Studies: The Kurds and Kurdistan: Considering Continuity and Change, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

2012 April 29. “Language Policy and Planning in Iraqi Kurdistan: Language as Instrument, Identity, and right”. Invited talk at Salahaddin University, Hewler (Erbil), Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq.

2012 April 27. Invited to deliver a talk entitled, “Language and Media: Written and Spoken Language” at the Soran Cultural Festival, Soran, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq.

2012 March 2-4. Invited to give a talk entitled, “Media as Amplifiers of the Role of Language in the Construction of National Identities”, at the National Language Conference, Diyarbakir, Turkey.

2012, June 26-29. “Drinking patriotism: A critical multimodal analysis of ‘I’m Canadian’”. Presented at the  Genre 2012–Rethinking genre twenty years later: An international conference on genre studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

2010 October 29. “Drinking Patriotism: A Multimodal Analysis of ‘I am Canadian’.” Keynote at the Graduate Students Symposium of the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University.

2010 July 5-7. “Facilitating Dialogic Learning: Class Blogs on WebCT.” International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN10). Barcelona, Spain. Virtual presentation.

2010 May 29-31. “Re-Semiotized Media Discourse: The Case of ‘I’m Canadian’”. The Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing. Congress 2010. Montreal, QC.

2010 March 26-27. “Language Selection in Kurdistan …” Invited talk presented at the Trace Foundation’s Lecture Series, New York, NY.

2009 November 20-23. “Language and Nation-building in Kurdistan-Iraq.” Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference. Boston, MA, USA.

2009 September 3-6. “Kurdish and New Media: Legitimating and Maintaining a Minority Language Digitally.” International Conference. Language in the (New) Media: Technologies and Ideologies. Seattle, WA, USA.

2009 May 24-26. “Blogging and the Construction of a Learning Community in Class.” Paper presented at the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing conference. Congress 2009. Ottawa, On. Canada.

2009 May 27-29. (with Dr. Devon Woods). “Accounting for the Social Construction of Motivation in the Language Classroom: The Role of Teacher Conceptions.” Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics conference. Congress 2009. Ottawa, On. Canada.

2009 April 2-3. “Kurdish Identities, Discursive Constructions, and the New Media”. Paper presented at the international conference The Kurds and Kurdistan: History, Politics & Culture’, Centre for Kurdish Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

2008 July 10-12. “Discursive Construction of National Identities as Mediated by Digital Media: The Case of the Kurds.” Paper presented at the Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD) 2008. University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK.

2008 June 4-6. “’I write to untangle my yarn of thoughts’: Blogging as an art of writing the self and imagining communities.” Paper presented at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Communication Association, Vancouver, B.C.

Awards/Honours

2016 Feb 23. Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award winner, 2015. 

2013 May 31. Invited to deliver a keynote at the Kurdish Teachers Conference, Västerås, Sweden.

2012 October – 2013 July. Visiting Professor, Soran University, Erbil Governorate, KRG, Iraq.

2012 December 05. Invited to deliver a talk at the Kurdish Academy in Erbil, KRG, Iraq. “Language Policy and Planning as Ideological Conflict: Language as Instrument, Identity and Rights”.

2012 April 27. Invited to deliver a talk entitled, “Language and Media: Written and Spoken Language” at the Soran Cultural Festival, Soran, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq.

2012 March 2-4. Invited to give a talk entitled, “Media as Amplifiers of the Role of Language in the Construction of National Identities”, at the National Language Conference, Diyarbakir, Turkey.

2010 November 5. Invited as a keynote speaker at the First North American Conference on the Kurdish Language, University of California, Los Angeles, USA. “Kurdish, and Language Policy and Planning in Iran.”

Nominee, the 2012 Capital Educator’s Award.

Nominee, the 2008 University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work—Ph.D. Level.

Recent Graduate Supervisions

MA Theses

2014 May “The Discursive Enactment of Edward Snowden.” (Alessandro Marcon). Passed with distinction. Co-supervised with Graham Smart. 

2012 May “A Study of Student and Teacher Perceptions of Criterion, an Online Writing Program.” (Ronald Shutler)

2012 May “Health and beauty in advertising: A critical multimodal discourse analysis of three television commercials.” (Andrea Noriega)

2011 September “Language and cultural identity: Perceptions of the role of language in the construction of Aboriginal identities.” (Passed with distinction). Nominated for the University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work. (Claire Owen)

MA Research Essays

2012 May “Social construction of risk: A critical discourse analysis of the discursive construction of H1N1 risk in The Toronto Star and The Ottawa Citizen.” (Janice McGrath)

2011 August “Examining inanimate subject with active verbs in applied linguistics.” (Regina Fupi)

2010 August “Discursive strategies of the ‘War on Terrorism’ rhetoric: Comparative critical discourse analysis of the ‘call to arms’ rhetoric of Bush administration and Al-Qaeda.” (Pass with Distinction). Co-supervision with Jez Littlewood from NPSIA. (Anna Podvornaia)

2009 August “Logos versus Pathos? A contrastive rhetorical analysis of the call to arms genre.”  Winner of the Director’s Award for Outstanding Research Essay for 2008-09. (Matthew Cochrane)

Memberships

  • American Association for Applied Linguistics
  • International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing
  • International Society for Language Studies