Editorial Board

International Editorial Board

Jaffer Sheyholislami

Critical Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Language Policy and Planning, Kurdish Language and Literature Professor of Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, and Linguistics, School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


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Professor Sheyholislami’s 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, he completed his first Canadian degree at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, in Library and Information Science, in 1993. After completing his B. A. in general linguistics — concurrent with a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language — he taught English to newcomers in Ottawa for several years. In the meantime, he devoted his MA research to a Systemic Functional Linguistics-informed Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of North American news discourse around international events. He continued to employ CDS/CDA in his 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. He has continued to conduct research, supervise, and teach in the area of Critical Discourse Studies. In the past several years he has immersed himself in sociolinguistics, especially in relation to Kurdish, an area in which he was interested long before he entered academia. He is especially interested in language policy and planning, language and identity, mother-tongue education, linguistic landscape, and language ideologies. His 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 he has been privileged to carry out graduate supervision in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Iraq. In 2012, he was nominated for the Capital Educator’s Award, and in 2016 he was awarded the Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award at Carleton.