Farzad Karimzad
Sociolinguist, Linguistic Anthropologist, & Discourse Analyst


I am an assistant professor of applied linguistics in the Department of English at Salisbury University. I have a PhD in linguistics with a specialization in sociolinguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am interested in the social aspects of language, especially the role of language in how identities and ideologies are constructed, negotiated, and developed.

I focus on two main domains: the language used in diasporic contexts as well as the language used on social media. Specifically, I study how movement of people affects their identities, and how these new identities are revealed in their discourses and patterns of language use. Also, I am interested in how social media users utilize language to negotiate their ideologies and identities both implicitly and explicitly.

My research is primarily ethnographic, which means that I observe social interactions both in offline and online spaces, audio-record natural conversations, and interview the members of the communities I am interested in so as to find out more about their sociolinguistic behaviors. The empirical data for my research come particularly from the community of Iranian Azerbaijanis, an understudied, minoritized group in Iran.