English Discipline, Kobi Jibanananda Das Academic Building, Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh

Dr. A R M Mostafizar Rahman

Hi, I am Dr. A R M Mostafizar Rahman, a professor at English Discipline. I obtained my BA (Hons.) in English and MA in English Language Teaching (ELT) from Aligarh Muslim University, India in 1999 and 2001 respectively. I earned my second MA in Applied Linguistics from University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia in 2008 and PhD in Language Studies from the National University of Singapore, Singapore in 2019. I am a linguist with research interests in sociolinguistics; sociophonetics; discourse studies; ecolinguistics; ethnolinguistics; contact linguistics; language choice, attitudes, and ideologies; dialectology; ELT; applied linguistics; globalization, migration, and super-diversity.

  • PhD in Language Studies (NUS, Singapore)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics (UPM, Malaysia)
  • MA in ELT (AMU, India)
  • BA (Hons.) in English (AMU, India)
  • HSC (Govt. Carmichael College, Rangpur)
  • SSC (Pirganj Govt. High School, Rangpur)

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociophonetics
  • Discourse Studies
  • Ecolinguistics
  • Ethnolinguistics
  • Contact Linguistics
  • Language Choice, Attitudes, & Ideologies
  • Dialectology
  • Applied Linguistics & ELT
  • Globalization, Migration, & Super-diversity                              

Current Research Project/Collaboration

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  • Professor (Grade 2) at Khulna University (From 01 June 2021 to to-date)
  • Professor (Grade 3) at Khulna University (From 11 October 2012 to 31-05-2021)
  • Associate Professor at Khulna University (From 11 October 2008 to 10 October 2012)
  • Assistant Professor at Khulna University (From 11 October 2004 to 10 October 2008)
  • Lecturer at Khulna University (From 20 August 2002 to 10 October 2004)
  • Lecturer at BIT, Rajshahi (From 11 October 2001 to 19 August 2002)

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  • Mostafizar Rahman, A. R. M. (2017). Tense-lax merger: Bangla as a first language speakers' pronunciation of English monophthongs. Asian Englishes19(3), 1-22. doi: 10.1080/13488678.2017.1327834
  • Mamun, Sk. A. A., Mostafizar Rahman, A. R. M., Rahman, A. R. M. M., & Hossain, M. A. (2012). Students' attitudes towards English: The case of Life Science School of Khulna University. International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities, 3(1), 200-209.
  • Mostafizar Rahman, A. R. M., Chan, S. H., & Ain, N. A. (2010). Language choice in education in a multilingual setting: The Malaysian context. Khulna University Studies, 10(1 & 2), 9-22. 
  • Mostafizar Rahman, A. R. M. (2010). Language choice and use in multilingual contexts: Patterns and its constraints. Leipzig: Lambert Academic Publishing. 
  • Mostafizar Rahman, A. R. M. (2008). Attitudes towards English among Malaysian undergraduates. Language in India, 8(2), 1-14. 

Eng 3205 (B): Linguistics II

The course is designed to follow up with Linguistics I to advance students' knowledge in linguistics. It will give an orientation to syntax and semantics. After studying the course the students will be able to analyse the grammar of sentence and sentence-like structures, illustrate different layers and dimensions of meaning, and critique some important notions in linguistics. 

Section – B

(1) Syntax: Definition and Scope; Syntactic processes; Phrase structure rules; Immediate Constituent (IC) Analysis; Deep and Surface structures; Transformational- Generative (TG) grammar.

(2)  Semantics: Definition and Scope; Aspects of word meaning: Denotative meaning, Connotative meaning, Social meaning

(3) Some terms and concepts: Grammaticality and Appropriacy; Form and Function; Use and Usage; Lexical and grammatical meaning, Sense and reference, Sentence meaning and utterance meaning

Eng 5201(A): Discourse Analysis

Discourse Analysis is a course that covers a wide variety of different sociolinguistic approaches. The course will help the students correctly analyse language in different ways (language beyond sentence, language behaviour linked to social practices, and language as a system of thought).

Section – A

(1)  Discourse and Discourse Analysis; Definition, Types, Elements, and Structures of Discourse

(2)  Text and discourse: difference between text and discourse; features of text and discourse

(3)  Role of Context in Interpretation; Speech Acts and Discourse Analysis; Layers of Discourse Analysis

(4)  Function of discourse analysis; scope of discourse analysis; cohesion and coherence in discourse


Eng L5203 (A): Discourse Analysis

Discourse Analysis is a modern discipline that covers a wide variety of different sociolinguistic approaches. The course will help the students correctly analyse language in at least one of the three ways (language beyond the level of a sentence, language behaviours linked to social practices, and language as a system of thought).

Section – A

(1) Text and discourse: definition and structure; difference between text and discourse; features of text and discourse; types of discourse

(2)   Role of context in interpretation

(3)   Speech acts and discourse analysis

(4)   Analysis of general and scientific discourse 


Eng L5101(B): Language, Syntax, and Semantics

This course has been designed to develop the students’ language and linguistic competences. After completing this course the learners will be able to understand basic grounding in syntactic analysis at sentence level, grasp key issues involved in the study of semantics, explore the meanings of an expression in a systematic manner, explain the basic goals of several approaches to semantics. 

Section – B

(1) Syntax: definition and scope, concepts of constituents, Immediate Constituent (IC), Deep and Surface structure, Transformational- Generative ( TG) Grammar, Case Grammar, Systematic Grammar, Stratificational Grammar, Tagments.

(2)   The sentence structure rules and Tree Diagram for Syntactic Analysis

(3) Semantics: definition and scope; lexical Meaning: denotation, connotation, collocation, hyponymy, synonymy, antonymy, polysemy and homonymy.

        (4) Utterance Meaning: Topic, Comment, Performatives


Eng 4105(B): Research Methodology

This course introduces the major aspects of research and research methods, which will help students become researchers. It is designed to help students acquire knowledge of research and its types and be familiar with the major aspects of research from conceptualisation to accomplishment and dissemination.  

Section – B

(1) Sample designing: definition and importance of sampling; Types of sampling: convenient, random, systematic, stratified, cluster and multi- stage cluster sampling

(2) Research proposal: definition and functions; Elements of a research proposal; Typical format of a proposal

(3) Research paper writing: Documentation- MLA or APA styles; Elements and structure of a research report; article writing


Eng 1112: Sessional on listening and speaking

This course widens scope for improving two important skills, listening and speaking, necessary for effective communication. This course is designed to help students learn the mechanics of listening and speaking, develop listening and speaking skills, and use English in real life situations.

Eng 5101(A): Research Methodology in Humanities and Social Sciences

This course explains approaches, strategies, and data collection methods relating to research in humanities and social sciences. Students will consider how to select the appropriate methodology for use in a study to be performed. Additionally, these students will learn how to collect data based on different data collection methods, construct these tools, and pilot them before they become ready for use. Finally, this course elucidates the requirements for an academic work, considering aspects related to language, writing style, and lay-out. To culminate this final stage, students will learn to write a comprehensive research proposal that may be conducted in the future.

Section – A

(1)  A review of the Fundamentals: Meaning of Research; Definitions of Research; Objectives of Research; Motivation in Research; General Characteristics of Research; Criteria of Good Research; Types of Research

(2)  Research Problem: Scientific Thinking; What is a Research Problem; Selecting the Problem; Sources of the Problem; Defining a Problem; Statement of a Problem; Delimiting a Problem; Evaluation of a Problem

(3)  Review of Literature: Meaning of Review of Literature; Need of Review of Literature; Objectives of Review of Literature; Sources of Literature; The Functions of Literature; How to Conduct the Review of Literature; Precautions in Library Use; Reporting the Review of Literature

(4)   Research Hypothesis: Meaning and Definitions of Hypothesis; Nature of Hypothesis; Functions of Hypothesis; Importance of Hypothesis; Kinds of Hypothesis; Characteristics of a Good Hypothesis; Variables in a Hypothesis; Formulating a Hypothesis; Testing the Hypothesis 

(5)  Research Approach: The Philosophical Background; The Qualitative Approach; The Quantitative Approach; The Mixed-Methods Approach; Criteria for Selecting a Research Approach


Eng L3305 (B): Psycholinguistics

The course is designed to introduce the students to the field of psycholinguistics and provide them with an insight into the basic concepts of the area of study, namely, the acquisition, perception and comprehension of language, in order to explore the relationship between language, thought and culture. 

Section – B  

(1)   Language and memory: long- term memory and short-term (working) memory; long-term memory and the schema theory; meaning representations.

(2)   Language processing: bottom- up and top-down processing; serial and parallel processing; automatic and controlled processing; perceptual and conceptual information; the role of context.

(3) The social basis of language: the relationship between language, thought and culture. Necessity of language for thought, its influence on culture and on human’s perception of society and the world.

  • Eng 3205 (B): Linguistics II
  • Eng 5201(A): Discourse Analysis
  • Eng L5203 (A): Discourse Analysis
  • Eng L5101(B): Language, Syntax, and Semantics
  • Eng 4105(B): Research Methodology
  • Eng 1112: Sessional on listening and speaking
  • Eng 5101(A): Research Methodology in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Eng L3305 (B): Psycholinguistics