Dr Vahid Parvaresh

Lecturer, Linguistics

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department:School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Language and linguistics

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Vahid’s current research is in the broad area of (Applied) Linguistics. More specifically, Vahid is interested in how various dimensions of linguistic knowledge and language use intersect in the construction of meaning. In this respect, he has a keen interest in the acquisition and use of pragmatic particles as well as vague expressions. Furthermore, Vahid does research on the social dimensions of language and communication, especially on how current globalised practices shape, and are shaped by, local contexts.

Spoken Languages

  • Persian (Farsi)
  • English

Research interests

  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Language Acquisition

Areas of research supervision

  • Societal Pragmatics
  • Interlanguage/L2 Pragmatics
  • (Im)politeness
  • Historical Pragmatics
  • Linguistic Landscape


  • BA, English Language and Literature, University of Isfahan, Iran
  • MA, Applied Linguistics, University of Tehran, Iran
  • PhD, Applied Linguistics, University of Isfahan, Iran
  • PGCert (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • International Pragmatics Association
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

Selected recent publications

Parvaresh, V., Capone, A. (Eds.). 2017. The Pragmeme of Accommodation: The Case of Interaction Around the Event of Death. Springer: Switzerland.

Parvaresh, V., & Ahmadian, M.J. 2016. The impact of task structure on the use of vague expressions by EFL learners. The Language Learning Journal, 44, 436–450.

Izadi, D., & Parvaresh, V. 2016. The framing of the linguistic landscapes of Persian shop signs in Sydney. Linguistic Landscape, 2, 182–205.

Parvaresh, V. 2016. Metapragmatic pragmemes. In Allan, K., Kecskes, I., Capone, A. (Eds.), Pragmemes and theories of language use. Springer: Switzerland.

Parvaresh, V. 2016. Pragmatic disorders (Review). Intercultural Pragmatics, 13, 309-314.

Parvaresh, V. 2015. Vague language that is vaguep in both L1 and L2. International Review of Pragmatics, 7, 129-143.

Parvaresh, V. 2015. New perspectives on (im)politeness and interpersonal communication (Review). Discourse Studies, 17, 110-112.

Parvaresh, V. 2014. Language in late capitalism: Pride and profit (Review). Applied Linguistics, 35, 617-621.

Parvaresh, V., & Tayebi, T. 2014. Vaguely speaking in Persian. Discourse Processes, 51, 565-600.

Tayebi, T. & Parvaresh, V. 2014. Conversational disclaimers in Persian. Journal of Pragmatics, 62, 77-93.

Parvaresh, V. 2013. A framework for the study of ideology in written language: How to lower ideology’s immunity to experience and observation. Pragmatics Reviews, 1(2), 1-6.

Parvaresh, V., Tavangar, M., Eslami Rasekh, A., & Izadi, D. 2012. About his friend, how good she is, ‘and this and that’: General extenders in native Persian and non-native English discourse. Journal of Pragmatics, 44, 261-279.