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Pollet Samvelian

Professeur (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3) : Linguistique - Iran


Institut de Linguistique et de Phonétique Générales et Appliquées 19, rue des Bernardins 75005 - Paris
Phone number: 
+33 (0)1 44 32 05 88


  • Syntax, morphology and lexicon of Iranian languages (with a special focus on Persian)
  • Linguistic typology
  • Formal approaches to morphology and syntax
  • Quantitative approaches to syntax
  • Persian grammar



  • PERGRAM - Theory and Implementation of a Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar for Persian 
    (ANR-DFG, 2009-2012, in collaboration with Stefan Müller (Frei Universtät de Berlin)


  • Syntax 1
  • Syntax
  • Semantics 

Graduate (Master)

  • Linguitic typology: Clitics

Graduate (Doctoral Seminar)

  • How to account for variation in syntax: Quantitative and experimental methods (in collaboration with Pegah Faghiri)

  • Gwendoline Fox (2007-2012), jointly with Anne Salazar-Orvig
  • Pegah Faghiri (2011-2016), jointly with Barbara Hemforth
  • Maximilian Guérin (2011-2016), jointly with Konstantin Pozdniakov
  • Yunfan Lai (2013-2017), jointly with Guillaume Jacques
  • Ophélie Gandon (2013-2016)
  • Masud Mohammadirad (2016-...)
  • Julie Marsault (2016-...)


To appear

  • Faghiri, Pegah and Pollet Samvelian. A Corpus-based study of Persian cleft constructions. Linguistic Discovery.
  • Godard, Danièle and Pollet Samvelian. Complex Predicates, In Stefan Müller, Anne Abeillé, Robert D. Borsley & Jean- Pierre Koenig (eds.), Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar: The handbook , 233–268. Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Faghiri, Pegah and  Pollet Samvelian. The issue of “separability” in Persian complex predicates. In B. Crysmann & M. Sailer (eds), One to many relations. Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Jügel, Thomas and Pollet Samvelian. 2018. Topic agreement, experiencer constructions, and the weight of clitics. In Richard Larson (ed.), Proceedings of the First North American Conference in Iranian Languages.
  • Samvelian, Pollet, Farzaneh Zareie et Pegah Faghiri, Dictionnaire français-persan. Paris : Maison du dictionnaire.


  • Samvelian, Pollet. 2018. Specific Features of Persian Syntax: The EzâfeConstruction, Differential Object Marking and Complex Predictaes, in TheOxford Handbook of Persian Linguistics, A. Sedighi and P. Shabani-Jadidi (Eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 226-269. ISBN: 9780198736745
  • Faghiri Pegah Samvelian, Pollet and Barbara Hemforth. 2018. Is there a canonical order in Persian ditransitive constructions? Corpus based and experimental studies. In Ditransitive constructions in a cross-linguistic perspective, Agnes Korn, Andrej Malchukov and Carina Jahani (eds.). Wiesbaden : Reichert. pp. 165-185. ISBN 978-3-95490-373-3.


  • Samvelian, Pollet and Pegah Faghiri. 2016. Rethinking compositionality in Persian Complex Predicates, Proceedings of Berkeley Linguistic Society 39th Annual Meeting, February16-17 2013, Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistics Society, pp. 212-227.
  • Jügel, Thomas et Pollet Samvelian. 2016. Les « pronoms » clitiques dans les langues iraniennes occidentales, Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris, t. 391-432.
  • Nash, Léa and Pollet Samvelian (eds.). 2016. Approaches to Complex PredicatesSyntax and Semantics 41, Leiden-Boston: Brill.
  • Faghiri Pegah and Pollet Samvelian. 2016. How much structure is needed: The case of the Persian VP. In Proceedings of the Joint 2016 Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Lexical Functional Grammar, Doug Arnold, Miriam Butt, Berthold Crysmann, Tracy Holloway King, Stefan Müller (Eds.), 236–254. 


  • Bonami, Olivier and Pollet Samvelian. The diversity of inflectional periphrasis in PersianJournal of Linguistics 51(1), 327-382.
  • Faghiri, Pegah and Pollet Samvelian. Jâygâh-e maf’ul-e mostaqim dar fârsi: barresi-e dâdebonyâd (The position of the direct object in Persian : A data-based approach), in Proceedings of the First National Conference on Semantics and Syntax of Iranian Languages, April 29-30, 2014, Tehran University, Iran.  (in Persian)
  • Faghiri, Pegah and Pollet Samvelian. How much is determined by syntax? An empirical approach to the position of the dialect object in Persian, in Proceedings of the 9th Iranian Conference on Linguistics, February 24-25 February 2015, Allameh TabatabaI University, Tehran, Iran, pp. 1419-1435.


  • Samvelian, Pollet and Pegah Faghiri. Persian Complex Predicates: How Compositional are They? Semantics-Syntax Interface 1, pp. 43-74.
  • Samvelian, Pollet, Danlos, Laurence and Benoît Sagot. On the predictability of light verbs. In Fryni Kakoyianni Doa (Ed.), Penser le Lexique-Grammaire, perspectives actuelles, Paris:Éditions Honoré Champion, pp. 209-221.
  • Faghiri, Pegah and Pollet Samvelian. Constituent Ordering in Persian and the Weight Factor, in Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 10 (EISS10), Christopher Piñón (ed.), pp. 215–232.
  • Samvelian, Pollet, Faghiri, Pegah and Sarra El Ayari. Extending the Coverage of a MWE Database for Persian CPs Exploiting Valency Alternations, Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’14), pp. 4023-26.
  • Faghiri, Pegah, Samvelian, Pollet and Barbara Hemforth. Accessibility and Word Order: The Case of Ditransitive Constructions in Persian, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, S. Müller (ed.), CSLI Publications, pp. 217-237.


  • Samvelian, Pollet. Les prépositions simples et les prépositions absolues dans les dialectes kurdes sorani (centraux), in J. Tseng (éd.), Prépositions et postpositions : Approches typologiques et formelles, Hermès-Lavoisier, pp. 173-203.
  • Pollet Samvelian and Pegah Faghiri, 2013, Introducing PersPred, a syntactic and semantic database for Persian Complex Predicates, Proceedings of The 9th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2013), NAACL-HLT 2013, June 2013, Atlanta, Association for Computational Linguistics, pp 11-20.



  • Korn Agnes, Haig, Geoffrey, Karimi, Simin and Samvelian, Pollet. Topics in Iranian Linguistics. Wiesbaden : Reichert. 
  • Sagot, Benoît,  Walther, Géraldine, Faghiri, Pegah and Pollet Samvelian. Développement de ressources pour le persan: PerLex2, nouveau lexique morphologique et MElt-fa, étiqueteur morphosyntaxique, Actes de la 18e conférence sur le Traitement Automatique des Langues Naturelles, pp. 75-81.