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Jaffer Sheyholislami

Associate Professor (Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies)

Degrees:PhD (Carleton)
Email:jaffer.sheyholislami@carleton.ca

On Sabbatical: 1 July, 2019 – 30 June, 2020

Biography

My research, supervision and teaching evolve around two main areas of applied linguistics and discourse studies: critical discourse studies (CDS) and sociolinguistics.

After years of radio broadcasting in Iran, I completed my first Canadian degree at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, in Library and Information Science, in 1993. After completing my B.A. in general linguistics—concurrent with a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language—I taught English to newcomers in Ottawa for several years. In the meantime, I devoted my MA research to a Systemic Functional Linguistics-informed Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of North American news discourse around international events. I continued to employ CDS/CDA in my PhD research, focusing on identity formation practices of Kurdish new media (specifically satellite TV and the Internet). The results of this and other related research projects have been published in a monograph, Kurdish Identity, Discourse and New Media, Palgrave Macmillan (2011), in addition to peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes published in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

While I have continued to conduct research, supervise, and teach in the area of Critical Discourse Studies, in the past several years I have immersed myself in sociolinguistics, especially in relation to Kurdish, an area in which I was interested long before I entered academia. I am especially interested in language policy and planning, language and identity, mother-tongue education, linguistic landscape, and language ideologies. My works in these areas have appeared in over a dozen refereed journals, peer-reviewed edited collections, and major encyclopaedia and handbooks. It is because of these diverse interests that I have been privileged to carry out graduate supervision in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Iraq. In 2012, I was nominated for the Capital Educator’s Award and in 2016, I was awarded the Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award at Carleton.

Research Interests

  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language policy and planning
  • Language and identity
  • Heritage Languages
  • Kurdish language and linguistics

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 1001: (online version):  Language Matters:  An Introduction to ALDS
  • 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 5002: Inquiry Strategies in Applied Linguistics & 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 5902: Tutorial in ALDS
  • ALDS 5904: Special Topics in Written Discourse/Literacies

Selected Recent Publications    (2011-2018)

Books

Sheyholislami, J. (2011). Kurdish Identity, Discourse, and New Media. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

  • Chapters in edited books

Anonby, E., Mohammadirad, M., & Sheyholislami, J. (In press). Kordestan Province in the Atlas of the Languages of Iran: Research process, language distribution, and language classification. In Haig, G., Öpengin, E., Gündoğdu, S., & Anonby, E. (Eds.), Advances in Kurdish linguistics. Bamberg, Germany: Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. 

Sheyholislami, J. (2018). “Same language,” different borders, and different policies:  Kurdish in four countries. In Jańczak, Barbara Alicja (Ed.), Language contact and language policies across borders: Construction and deconstruction of transnational and transcultural spaces (pp. 31-44). Germany: Logos Publishing House. 

Sheyholislami, J. (2017). Language status and party politics in Kurdistan-Iraq: The case of Badini and Hawrami varieties.  In Zeynep Arslan (Ed.), Zazaki—yesterday, today and tomorrow: Survival and standardization of a threatened language (pp. 55-76).  Graz, Austria: Wien Kultur.

Sheyholislami, J. (2017). Iraq Kürdistanɪ’nda Dil Statüsü ve Parti Politikalarɪ: Badini ve Hewrami Deǧişkelerinin Durumu. Arslan, Zeynep (Ed.), Zazaca – Dunu, Bugunu ve Yarini. Graz, Austria: Wien Kultur. [Turkish translation of the above item]

Sheyholislami, J. (2016). Afterword. In A. Kalan (Ed.), Who is afraid of multilingual education? Conversations with Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Jim Cummins, Ajit Mohanty and Stephen Bahry about the Iranian Context and Beyond (pp. 148-154). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Sheyholislami, J. (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.

Sheyholislami, J. (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. (reprint of a 2010 peer-reviewed paper in Language Policy)

Sheyholislami, J. (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.

Sheyholislami, J. (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.

  • Articles in refereed journals

Sheyholislami, J. (2018). Komelnasi ziman le nusinekani Amir Hassanpour da. (Sociolinguistics in the writing of Amir Hassanpour). Derwaze, 2(1), 200-221.

Sheyholislami, J., & Sharifi, A. (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.

Hall, C., & Sheyholislami, J. (2013). Using appraisal theory to understand rater values: An examination of rater comments on ESL test essays. Journal of Writing Assessment, (6)1. (http://www.journalofwritingassessment.org/article.php?article=66)

Sheyholislami, J. (2012). Kurdish in Iran: A case of restricted and controlled tolerance. In The Kurdish Linguistic Landscape: Vitality, Linguicide and Resistance. Special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 217, 19-47.

Hassanpour, A., Sheyholislami, J., & Skutnabb-Kangas, T. (2012). Introduction: Linguicide, resistance, and hope. In The Kurdish Linguistic Landscape: Vitality, Linguicide and Resistance. Special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 217, 1-18.

Skutnabb-Kangas, T., Sheyholislami, J., & Hassanpour, A. (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.

Freake, R., Gentil, G., & Sheyholislami, J. (2011). A bilingual corpus-assisted discourse study of the construction of nationhood and belonging in Quebec. Discourse & Society, 22(1), 1-27.

  • Editorials

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

 

  • Encyclopedia or dictionary entries

Sheyholislami, J. (in-print). The Kurdish media culture. Encyclopedia Iranica. Costa Mesa, California: Mazda Publishers. [3,000 words]

Sheyholislami, J. (2018). [The Kurdish] Language. In Sebastian Maisel (Ed.), The Kurds: An Encyclopedia of Life, Culture, and Society (pp. 141-162). ABC-CLIO Greenwood. [8,000 words]: https://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOGreenwood/product.aspx?pc=A4992C

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

  • Invited Talks

Sheyholislami, J. (10 May 2019). Language regimes and policies towards Kurdish in Iran and Iraq: Different management of the same language. Language regimes in theory and practice workshop. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. 

Sheyholislami, J., & Surkhi, R. 29 March 2019. The Kurdish language: From Linguicide to standardization. Research FORUMS, Official Language and Bilingualism Institute. University of Ottawa.

Sheyholislami, J. (13 Feb 2019). Xwêndin be zimanî dayik: Berewrubûnewekan u Derfetleyl (Mother-tongue education: Challenges and opportunities). Mother-tongue Day Seminar, organized by the International Kurdish Association. Frankfurt, Germany. (Video link)

Sheyholislami, J. 12 October 2018. Language policy and language rights in Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhellat). Justice linguistique et langues minoritaires: Le cas du kurde/Linguistic Justice and Language Minorities: The Case of the Kurds, Paris, France. Organized by The University of Paris II, the University of Rouen, and the Kurdish Institute of Paris.

Sheyholislami, J. November 05 2018. Language policy in Iran: A critical evaluation. Yarshater Speaker Series, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.

Sheyholislami, J. November 06 2018. ‘Farsi shikar ast’, amma tanha zabane shirin dar iran nist” (‘Persian is sugar,’ but it is not the only sweet language in Iran. Yarshater Speaker Series, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.

Sheyholislami, J. 29 June 2017. Different Policies for the Same Language: Kurdish in Five States. Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK.

Sheyholislami, J. 21 May 2017. Zimanî Înglîzî le herêmî Kurdistan: Berjewend yan hereṣe bo zimanî dayik (The English language in Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq: Beneficial or a threat to the mother tongue).” Konfiransî Zimanî Dayik (Mother Tongue Conference). Soran University, Soran, Erbil province, Iraq, 21 May, 2017 (via video link).

Sheyholislami, J. 03, May 2017. English as a global language: An opportunity or a threat. Faculty of Humanities, Salahaddin University, KRG, Erbil, Iraq.

Sheyholislami, J. 03 May 2017. English as a global language: An opportunity or a threat. Faculty of Education, Soran University, KRG, Erbil, Iraq.

Sheyholislami, J. May 31, 2013. Language policy and planning in Iraqi Kurdistan. Keynote at the Annual Kurdish Teachers Conference of Sweden, Västerås, Sweden.

Sheyholislami, J. 27 April 2012. Language and media: Written and spoken language. Soran Cultural Festival, Soran, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq.

Sheyholislami, J. 2-4 March 2012. Media as amplifiers of the role of language in the construction of national identities. The National Language Conference, Diyarbakir, Turkey.

Sheyholislami, J. April 29 2012. Language policy and planning in Iraqi Kurdistan. Faculty of Humanities, Salahaddin University, Erbil, KRG, Iraq.

Sheyholislami, J. 05 December 2012. Language policy and planning as ideological conflict: Language as instrument, identity and right. The Kurdish Academy, Erbil, KRG, Iraq.

  • Other Selected Presentations

Sheyholislami, J. 24-26 August 2017. Same language, different policies: Kurdish in five countries. Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Sheyholislami, J., & Vessey, R.  24-26 August 2017. Linguistic landscapes, language policy, and corpus-assisted discourse studies: A case study of Chinese signage in Richmond, British Columbia. Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Sabbethemmatabadi, P., & Anonby, E., Sheyholislami, J., 26-28 June 2017. A comparative analysis of language classification taxonomies in Kurdish, Abade’i and Tehrani language communities. Kurdish Futures in and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes for New Tragedies? Exeter, UK.

Sheyholislami, J., & Rahamai, D. 26-28 June 2017. Personal names as emblems of group identity and traces of socio-political change among the Kurds of Iran. Kurdish Futures in and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes for New Tragedies? Exeter, UK.

Sheyholislami, J., & Weisi, H. 26-28 June 2017. Misconceptions about bilingualism and the endangerment of the first language.  conference, Kurdish Futures in and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes for New Tragedies? Exeter, UK.

Anonby, E., Sheyholislami, J., & Mohammadirad, M. 25-26 August 2016. Kordestan Province in the Atlas of the Languages of Iran. 3rd International Conference on Kurdish Linguistics, University of Amsterdam.

Sheyholislami, J. 23-28 June 2016. Language regimes and state traditions in five countries: Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria.  IPSA World Congress, Poznan, Poland.

Sheyholislami, J. 12 December 2015. Linguistic landscape and competing language ideologies in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Zazaki—Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. About Survival, Adaptation and Standardization of a Threatened Language. Vienna, Austria.

Sheyholislami, J., Hartwick, P., Kartchava, E., & Kozlova, I. 31 August 2015. SLaLS professors discuss how they used a provincial funding grant to develop a web-based course. [Invited] Panel at the CUOL Annual General Meeting at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Kartchava, E., Hartwick, P., Sheyholislami, J., Kozlova, I., Polovina-Vukovic, D., & Davies, K.  16-19 June 2015. Designing and Teaching our first fully online undergraduate course as a team: Successes and challenges  STLHE Annual Conference (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education), Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Ioannidou, A., Sheyholislami, J., & Rasheed, R. 27 January 2015. Language choice in education in the KRG: A linguistic or a political decision? On the Outside Looking In: A Kurdish Studies Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Sheyholislami, J. 3-5 September 2014. 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, AB, Canada.

Sheyholislami, J. 15-17 April 2013. Reimagining the unimaginable: Language, communication and nationhood. Kurdistan-Between Past and Future: An International Conference. Soran University, Soran, Erbil Governorate, KRG.

Sheyholislami, J.  2 February 2013. 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.

Sheyholislami, J. 10 October 2012. Language policy and planning in Iraqi Kurdistan. 2nd Scientific World Kurdish Congress, Erbil, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq.

Sheyholislami, J. 26-29 June 2012. Drinking patriotism: A critical multimodal analysis of ‘I am Canadian’. Genre 2012—Rethinking genre twenty years later: An international conference on genre studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Sheyholislami, J. Fall 2010. Drinking Patriotism: A Multimodal Analysis of ‘I am Canadian’. Keynote address [Invited] at the Graduate Students Symposium of the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

PhD Supervision

Nasim Omidian Sinjari (in progress)

Chareena Quirante (in progress) [co-supervision with Dr. Marie-Odile Junker]

Lisa Armstrong (in progress) ‘Harassment is in the eye of the beholder’? The discursive construction of sexual harassment in policy

Codie Fortin Lalonde (in progress) The discursive construction of education in Canada

Saad Ghazi (in progress). Language policy and planning in KRG education system: A case study of Erbil school [co-supervised with Dr. Rafiq Shwani, Univ. of Salahaddin]

Christopher Smith (in progress) Multimodal analysis of ELT textbooks in the context of South Korea

Lama Altoaimy (2017). Driving change, 140 characters @ a time: A corpus assisted discourse analysis of the Twitter debates on the Saudi ban on women driving.

MA Thesis Supervision

Christine Grondin-Mora (in progress) Music and maintenance of Spanish as a heritage language [co-supervised with Dr. Anna Hoefnagels]

Chareena Quirante (2018). The future of Yogad: An appreciative inquiry on mother tongue-based, multilingual education classroom practices in Isabela [Co-supervised with Dr. Marie-Odile Junker]

Laura Barfoot (2018). ‘Make no mistake, that was a terrorist act’: Discursive construction of terrorism in Canada

Christine Grondin-Mora (2018). Music and maintenance of Spanish as a heritage language [co-supervised with Dr. Anna Hoefnagels]

Marwan Sheikho (2018). The development course of Kurmanji Kurdish language in Syria and Turkey: Discourse of identity from oral to written language and from print to current time [co-supervised with Dr. Karin Schittenhelm, University of Siegen, Germany]

Lisa Armstrong (2016). ‘Behind the bar, it’s different’: Discourse and social practice in bars [co-supervised with Dr. Graham Smart]

Codie Fortin Lalonde (2016). Producing “good” citizens: A critical discourse analysis of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s publication, ‘Achieving excellence’ [co-supervised with Dr. Janna Fox]

Alicia Massie (2016). Legitimation in corporate discourse: The case of Enbridge and the Northern Gateway Pipeline [co-supervised with Dr. Graham Smart]

Alessandro Marcon (2015, with distinction). The discursive enactment of Edward Snowden [co-supervised with Dr. Graham Smart]

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

Ronald Shutler (2012).  A study of student and teacher perceptions of Criterion, an online writing program

Claire Owen (2011, with distinction). Language and cultural identity: Perceptions of the role of language in the construction of Aboriginal identities

MA Research Essays

Kathleen Day (2018). Good fences do make good neighbours: A preliminary investigation into New Brunswick’s language policy and practices [co-supervised with Dr. Kristin Snoddon]

Maria Kamenets (2018). Cochlear implants and sign language: Uses and implications [co-supervised with Dr. Kristin Snoddon]

Melisa Kaya (2018). Language planning and policy: A comparative study of language policy in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan 

Judith Locket (2018). The language of sexual assault in Canadian courts. Winner of the Directors Award for Outstanding Research Essay

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

Janice McGrath (2010). Social construction of risk: A critical discourse analysis of the discursive construction of H1N1 risk in The Toronto Star and The Ottawa Citizen

Anna Podvornaia (2010, with Distinction). Discursive strategies of the ‘War on Terrorism’ rhetoric: Comparative critical discourse analysis of the ‘call to arms’ rhetoric of Bush administration and Al-Qaeda [co-supervised with Dr. Jez Littlewood]

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