Azita Hojatollah Taleghani

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Linguistics
Language Studies

Undergraduate Cross-Appointment: Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations

Azita H. Taleghani is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in Persian language, literature, and linguistics at the University of Toronto. Her research has primarily focused on second-language learners and heritage speaker’s pedagogy, linguistic approaches in modern Persian literature, especially stylistic aspects in the poems of Persian women poets, Persian syntax, and morphology, as well as web-based and online language teaching.


  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Arizona
  • MA, Linguistics, University of Arizona 
  • MA, General Linguistics, Tehran University
  • BA, English Language and Translation, Tehran University

Areas of Teaching and Research Interests

  • Second language pedagogy  
  • Heritage speakers' pedagogy 
  • Linguistic approaches in modern Persian literature 
  • Syntax & morphology of Iranian languages
  • Web-based and online language teaching

Selected Publications


  • Taleghani, A. H. (2008). Modality, Aspect and Negation in Persian. John Benjamins.

Articles & Book Chapters

  • Taleghani, A. H. (2020). Archaism: Poetic Technique vs. Linguistic Process. Iran Namag, 5(3), 127–142.
  • Taleghani, A. H. (2020). Negative Forms of Persian Progressive Tenses: Evidence from monolingual, second language learners and heritage speakers of Persian. In Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Ed.), Handbook of Persian Second Language Acquisition (pp. 100–121). Routledge. 
  • Taleghani, A. H. (2016). Foregrounding and Its Role in Modern Persian Poetry. Iran Nameh, Academic Journal of Iranian Studies, Special Issue dedicated to Homa Katouzian, 30(4), 36–65.
  • Taleghani, A. H. (2010). Persian Progressive Tense: Serial Verb Construction or Aspectual Complex Predicate? Iranian Studies Journal, 43(5), 590–607.
  • Taleghani, A. H. (2008). Mood and Modality in Persian. In the monograph of Iranian Aspects of Linguistic (pp. 391–416). Cambridge Scholars Press.