is with deep sadness that we hear of the untimely passing of Professor Farzad
Sharifian. I wish to convey my sympathy and most heartfelt condolences to his
family, friends, and my fellow colleagues in Iran and around the world. Dr.
Sharifian was a brilliant scientist and a leading, pioneering scholar of
Cultural Linguistics, an innovative field of research that explores the
interplay of language, cognition, and cultural conceptualization. Although I had the opportunity to meet him in
person only once, I have learned so much from his published works and ideas.
This is a significant loss and we will miss him and his contribution to the
field of language teaching and applied linguistics.
Department of Linguistics
of Victoria, Canada