farzad-profileProfessor Farzad Sharifian holds the Chair in Cultural Linguistics at Monash University. He is a pioneer of Cultural Linguistics who has made significant contributions to the development of this newly emerging multidisciplinary area of research. He has developed a theoretical and an analytical framework of cultural cognition, cultural conceptualisations and language, which draws on and expands the analytical tools and theoretical advancements in a number of disciplines, including cognitive psychology/science, anthropology, distributed cognition, and complexity science. The theoretical and the analytical frameworks and their applications in the areas of embodied language, intercultural communication, cross-cultural/intercultural pragmatics, emotion, Teaching English as an International Language (TEIL), World Englishes, and political discourse analysis are the subject of Prof Sharifian’s books entitled Cultural conceptualisations and Language (John Benjamins, 2011) [read the reviews of the book] and Cultural Linguistics (2017, John Benjamins) [pre-published version]

Professor Sharifian is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Language and Culture (IJoLC) [John Benjamins], the Series Editor of Cultural Linguistics book series [Springer], and the Series Editor of Routledge Advances in Teaching English as an International Language. 

Professor Sharifian has received multiple awards for his research, teaching, and postgraduate supervision, including the Edith Cowan University’s Research Medal and the Award for Excellence in Early Career Research of the Year, Faculty of Arts, Monash University (2008). He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Australian Research Council at the University of Western Australia before joining Monash University in 2005. He has also been awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He is a past President (2014-2016) of Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA).

Employment history


Professor and Chair in Cultural Linguistics, Monash University


Associate Dean Graduate Research, Faculty of Arts, Monash University


Professor, School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics. Monash University


Associate Professor, School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics. Monash University


Senior Lecturer, School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics. Monash University


Lecturer, School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics. Monash University, Australia.


Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (APD), University of Western Australia

Highest Qualification

PhD, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, 2003

Recent presentations available on-line

Sharifian, F. (2016). Cultural Linguistics and Linguistic Relativity. [watch online]Opening Keynote for the First International Conference on Cultural Linguistics. Prato, Tuscany, Italy.

Sharifian, F. (2015) Cultural Linguistics and Pragmatics.

Sharifian, F. (2013) Paradigm of English as an International Language: State of the Art. Plenary Speech delivered for the International Conference on Current Trends in ELT. Orumieh, Iran.

Sharifian, F. (2011). English as an International Language: An Overview of the Paradigm. EIL 2011 Lecture. Monash University.  

Memberships of major editorial/advisory boards of international journals and book series 

International Advisory Board: Language and Intercultural Communication (Taylor and Francis)

Editorial Board: Cognitive Linguistic Studies (John Benjamins)

Editorial Board: Australian Review of Applied Linguistics (John Benjamins)

Editorial Board: International Journal of Persian Literature (PennState University Press)

Advisory Board: Language Education Tensions in Global and Local Contexts (Routledge)

Advisory Board: Token: A Journal of English Linguistics

Editorial Board: Language Under Discussion 

Editorial Advisory Board: Asia TEFL Journal

Editorial Board: TESL-EJ