A grammar profile of English, Persian and Azari Turkish: A brief reference to L3 acquisition


  • Nematullah Shomoossi
  • Ahmad Shomoossi Azad Islamic University of Maragheh
  • Fatemeh Baradaran Yazdi Sabzevar


english language teaching, Persian, Azari, Iran


Most Persian learners of English come to English classes with a second auxiliary language background, and among these aconsiderable majority of them are from Azari background.  The present paper reviews how English, Persian and Azari languages aredifferent and similar in syntactic terms. In other words, researchers, teachers and learners of this targeted community of speakersare encouraged to consider such variability in their practice. Also, the learnability of three different languages at the same time forAzari speakers of Persian attempting to learn English will be in perspective. Finally, the paper will close with some theoretical andpractical considerations. 

Author Biographies

Nematullah Shomoossi

Nematullah Shomoossi, PhD, is the head of English department at Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Iran. He is involved in teaching general English as well as research in language policy and assessing writing. (Email: nshomoossi@yahoo.com)

Ahmad Shomoossi, Azad Islamic University of Maragheh

English teacher and an MA student of ELT at Azad Islamic University of Maragheh

Fatemeh Baradaran Yazdi, Sabzevar

an English teacher in Sabzevar, is interested in contrastive linguistics.