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.
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 (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.
---- (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