Farzad Sharifian

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Farzad Sharifian
Known for Pioneer of Cultural Linguistics, and for contributions to linguistics, cognitive science, anthropology, and applied linguistics
Title Professor and Chair in Cultural Linguistics
Website http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/farzad-sharifian/

Professor Farzad Sharifian is a pioneer of Cultural Linguistics and holds the Chair in Cultural Linguistics at Monash University.[1] He has developed a theoretical and an analytical framework of cultural cognition, cultural conceptualisations, and language, which draw on and expands the analytical tools and theoretical advancements in several disciplines and sub-disciplines, including cognitive psychology, anthropology, distributed cognition, and complexity science.


The theoretical/analytical frameworks and their applications in several areas of applied linguistics including intercultural communication, cross-cultural/intercultural pragmatics, World Englishes, Teaching English as an International Language (TEIL), and political discourse analysis are the subject of Sharifian’s monographs entitled Cultural Conceptualisations and Language (John Benjamins, 2011) and Cultural Linguistics (John Benjamins, 2017). These books have widely been recognised as laying "solid theoretical and analytical grounds for what can be recognised as Cultural Linguistics". (Alexandra Bagasheva, in the journal of Language and Cognition, Vol. 4:3 (2012), pp. 243-249).

Professor Sharifian is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Language and Culture, and the Series Editor of Cultural Linguistics book series (Springer). He has published articles in many edited books and in more than 25 leading international journals. His awards and honours include the prestigious Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He is a past President of Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA).


  • Sharifian, F. (2011). Cultural Conceptualisations and Language: Theoretical Framework and Applications. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Sharifian, F. (ed.) (2009). English as an International Language: Perspectives and pedagogical issues. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • Sharifian, F. Dirven, R., Yu, N, & Neiemier, S. (eds.) (2008) Culture, Body, and language: Conceptualizations of internal body organs across cultures and languages. Berlin/New York: Mouton De Gruyter.
  • Sharifian, F. & Palmer, G. B. (eds.) (2007) Applied cultural linguistics: Implications for second language learning and intercultural communication. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Sharifian, F. & Jamarani, M. (eds.) (2013). Intercultural Communication in the New Era. New York/London: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
  • Sharifian, F. (ed.) (2015). The Routledge Handbook of Language and Culture. New York/London: Routledge/Taylor and Francis
  • Sharifian, F. (ed.) (2017) Advances in Cultural Linguistics. New York/London/ Singapore: Springer.
  • Sharifian, F. (2017) Cultural Linguistics. Amsterdam/PA: John Benjamins.

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