My Research Interests
My research interest covers two broader areas of applied and computational linguistics. In the former, it focuses on the development of instructional materials for foreign languages and cultures. I employ a communicative task-based language teaching (TBLT) approach in developing instructional materials and utilize technology for its implementation. In the latter, I study the processing of the natural language orthography especially morphological analysis and automatic diacritization (inserting missing vowels in writing).
I developed an automatic diacritizer for the Persian orthography using Xerox Finite State Transducer (XFST) technology Under my PhD thesis. This tool is able to diacritize and tag a Persian text corpus by a high accuracy rate. I am constantly updating its lexicon to cover more proper nouns. This tool can also be used to develop e-learning modules such as reading and spelling activities for Persian language learners.
Teaching Orthography Online: Challenges and Solutions (electronic poster presentation), ACTFL 2022 Convention, Nov 18-20, 2022, Boston MA.
Rating Passages for the Development of Listening and Reading Assessment Materials, Keynote Speaker, The 3rd International Conference on Teaching Persian Language and Literature, University of Cambridge, UK, December 13-14, 2021.
Developing an LED Lightboard to Teach Persian Orthography Online, AATP Innovative Instructional Technology Webinar, Jan 08, 2021, Zoom. [see under Videos]
Persian Language Pedagogy, Challenges, Obstacles and Innovative Responses, A Virtual Panel Organized by the UNC Persian Program, University of North Carolina, October 15, 2020.
Developing a Smartphone Dictionary App from A to Z, ACTFL 2019 Convention, Nov 22-24, 2019, Washington DC.
Creative Strategies for Language Instruction, Tools from Instructional Technology, American Association of Teachers of Persian, AIS Conference, California: Irvine, August 2018.
Developing Online Narration & Role-Play Tasks Based on TBLT: A Hands-on Example from Persian, American Association of Teachers of Persian, MESA Conference, Washington DC, November 22nd, 2014.
Business Language Courseware Development based on TBLT Principles, a Hands-on Example, The CIBER Business Language Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Chapel Hill, Spring 2012.
Morphological Priming of Multi-morphemic Persian Words in Mental Lexicon, Workshop on Computer and Persian Language, Tehran University, 2006
Nojoumian, Peyman (2020). "Using technology to develop instructional materials for Persian based on task-based language teaching."The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy of Persian, edited by Shabani-Jadidi, P., 370-387, London: Routledge.
Nojoumian, Peyman (2017-2018). Pesian Learner (Textbook Series), 4 Volumes, California: UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies.
Nojoumian, Peyman (2011). Towards the Development of an Automatic Diacritizer for the Persian Orthography based on the Xerox Finite State Transducer, PhD Thesis, Department of Linguistics, University of Ottawa, Canada.
Nojoumian, Peyman (2008). Processing Phonological and Semantic Ambiguity, Disambiguation of Heterophonic & Homophonic Homographs in Persian Using Semantic Priming, University of Ottawa, Canada (find an extended version in my PhD thesis).
----- (2004). Locative Alternation in Persian, Linguistics Department Term Paper, University of Ottawa
----- (2004). Ezafe Construction in Persian, a Minimalist Approach, Linguistics Department Term Paper, University of Ottawa