Tower of Silence

Dari Language Project


Annahita Farudi

Annahita Farudi is a 2003 alumna of the University of Virginia, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature and linguistics. She received an M.Phil. with overall distinction in theoretical linguistics from the University of Oxford in 2005. Ms. Farudi is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to her interests in syntactic theory, formal semantics, and the Iranian languages, she is an avid student of classical as well as contemporary Persian literature.


Bahman Moradian

Bahman Moradian obtained a Master of Arts in cultures and languages of ancient Iran from the Institute for Science and Cultural Studies in Tehran, continuing his studies in Paris, where he obtained the Ph.D. at the École Pratique des Hautes Études. His dissertation, entitled Āb Zōhr: General analysis of the Avestan and Middle Persian text, focussed on translating and analyzing specific paragraphs of the Avestan text (Yasna 65 6-14; 68 1-15) and its Middle Persian version. Mr. Moradian's publications include: "Les listes présentées dans le Yasna 65 paragraphes 7, 8 et 12" (Revue semestrielle d’anthropologie et d’histoire, 2008, Paris); "Mary Boyce, 1920-2005" (Frawahar, 2007, vol. 418, Iran); a review of Ainsi vont les enfants de Zarathoustra (Amordad).


Maziar Toosarvandani

Maziar Toosarvandani graduated in 2003 from the University of Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Science with highest distinction in linguistics and biology. Mr. Toosarvandani is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. His interests fall largely in the areas of syntax (the study of sentence structure), semantics (the study of meaning), and pragmatics (the study of how language is used). In addition to Persian and Dari, he works on the Mono Lake variety of Northern Paiute, a language of eastern California.