This panel show-cases the articles of a comprehensive edited volume on Persian linguistics entitled: The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics, published by Oxford University Press. The volume offers a state of the art and detailed overview of different fields of Persian linguistics, discusses their development, and captures critical accounts of cutting edge research within the major subfields of Persian linguistics. The handbook also discusses current debates/problems and suggests productive lines of future research. The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics is designed as a resource for scholars and their advanced students as well as those researching in related areas. Chapters are authored by internationally renowned leading scholars in the major subfields. Nevertheless, the volume is aimed to maintain accessibility to those outside the immediate specialization of the authors so that the book can also be informative for non-specialist readers. The Handbook of Persian Linguistics, in one volume, gives critical expression to the Persian language. The outline of the book is as follows: the first section focuses on Classification and History of Persian language and contains the following articles: Persian as part of the Iranian Languages, History of Persian Language, and Typological Approaches and Dialects. Section Two focuses on the sound system of the Persian language and includes the following articles: Phonetics, Phonology, and Prosodic Structure. Section Three focuses on Morphology and Syntax and includes the following articles, Morphology, Syntax (Overview), Syntax (Theoretical Approaches), and Specific Features of Persian Syntax. Section Four focuses on Semantics and Pragmatics and includes the following contributions: Semantics, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis, Lexicography. Section Five focuses on Sociolinguistics and Language Identity and includes the following articles: Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, Persian as a Heritage Language, and the Academy of Persian Language and Literature. The last section focuses on other areas of study such as Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguisitcs, Computational Linguistics, and Persian Language pedagogy. As such, The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics is a significant and ground-breaking contribution to the field of Persian linguistics as a whole. In the current panel, three articles from different sections of this volume will be presented and discussed. The first presentation focuses on the Specific Features of Persian Language, the second presentation discusses the cutting edge work on Persian psycholinguistics, and the last presentation explores and examines the new and emerging field of Persian as a Heritage Language.
This paper discusses the phenomenon of “Heritage Language” as a whole with a specific focus on Persian as a heritage language. Studying heritage languages is a relatively new and emerging field, which has flourished within the past several decades and as migration and globalization grows, heritage languages are becoming more and more important. The first part of this study provides an original contribution by unifying the existing research on Persian as a heritage language. This is a crucial and timely task because while Persian as a heritage language is relatively a new field, various researchers have already explored this topic from the linguistic, sociological, anthropological, and language policy perspectives. However, many scholars are not aware of the existing research, which causes them to start the work from the ground up. This paper offers a solid foundation by providing a comprehensive overview of the literature on Persian as a heritage language and can be used as a resource for future scholars. The second part of this study builds on the previous work and examines various characteristics of heritage Persian speakers in terms of their linguistic and metalinguistic abilities, compares their profiles with that of a native speaker and a second language learner, and sheds light on the current challenges within this field. Findings of this study have important implications for educators, curriculum developers, and policy makers.