• Professor (Linguistics),
    Associate Dean (Undergraduate Affairs)

    Faculty of Arts
    Department of Linguistics
    316 Fletcher Argue Building
    15 Chancellors Circle
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

    Phone: 204-474-7590

    Preferred pronouns: She/they

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  • PhD


I am a linguist specializing in syntax and morphology. I am interested in understudied languages and understudied constructions. 


  • PhD (Linguistics), University of Toronto, 1996
  • MA (Linguistics), University of Toronto, 1990
  • BA (Honours) (Linguistics), York University 1988


Research interests

  • Syntax and morphology
  • Persian linguistics
  • Pronouns and proper names
  • Reduplication
  • Prescriptivism

Research affiliations/groups

Selected publications

  • Ghomeshi, Jila and Diane Massam (2020) “Number is different in nominal and pronominal phrases,” Linguistic Inquiry (Squibs), Vol. 51(3), pp. 597-610. 
  • Ghomeshi, Jila (2020)“The additive particle in Persian: a case of morphological homophony between syntax and pragmatics,” in Advances in Iranian Linguistics, Richard K. Larson, Sedigheh Moradi and Vida Samiian (eds) John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 57-83.
  • Ghomeshi, Jila (2018) “Theoretical Approaches to Persian Syntax,” in The Oxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics, Anousha Sedighi and Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (eds), Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 205-225. 
  • Ghomeshi, Jila (2018) “The Associative Plural and Related Constructions in Persian,” in Trends in Persian and Iranian Linguistics, Alireza Korangy and Corey Miller (eds), De Gruyter Mouton, TiLSM Volume 313, Berlin/Boston, pp. 233-262. 
  • Ghomeshi, Jila and Tasheney Francis (2018) “Additive and Associative Plural marking in Jamiekan,” in Proceedings of the 2018 annual conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Emily Dmyterko (ed).
  • Ghomeshi, Jila (2013) “The syntax of pragmaticalization,” in Proceedings of the 2013 annual conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Shan Luo (ed).


  • 2014 - National Achievement Award from the Canadian Linguistic Association


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