Dr. Hiwa Asadpour


Hiwa Asadpour is an associate researcher at the Department of English and American Studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt. In his research, some topics of particular interest are the impact of internal and external factors on syntactic change (and language change in general) in the heritage languages such as Persian and Kurdish. The study of Persian and Kurdish in different contact scenarios will contribute to the research on asymmetric bilingualism (with Prof. Manfred Sailer).


Hiwa Asadpour completed his PhD at the Comparative and Empirical Linguistics Department of Goethe-University Frankfurt under the supervision of Prof. Jost Gippert and Prof. Geoffrey Khan. For his PhD, he worked on word order variation and its typology of languages in Northwest and West of Iran. In particular, he discussed various factors which trigger word order variation such as contact-induced change, discourse-pragmatic, semantic, and morphosyntactic factors.

Hiwa Asadpour is also a co-editor of the volume “Word Order Variation – Semitic, Turkic and Indo-European Languages in Contact” (with Thomas Jügel) to be published in 2022. More recently, he has published a single author paper Cross-dialectal diversity in Mukrī Kurdish I: Phonological and phonetic variation (2021, Journal of Linguistic Geography, Cambridge University Press)

Research interests

  • Areal linguistics
  • Comparative linguistics
  • Construction Grammar
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Dialectology and language geography
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics and language identity
  • Typology

Short Resume / Short CV

2023: Department of English and American Studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt

10/2016 – 05/2021: Goethe University Frankfurt a/M, Deutschland. Doctoral researcher at the Institute for Empirical and Comparative Linguistics.
Dissertation defended October 2021.

09/2009 – 04/2011: Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. MA in General Linguistics



Asadpour, Hiwa and Thomas Jugel. 2022. Word Order Variation – Semitic, Turkic and Indo-European Languages ​​in Contact. STUF. De Gruyter Mouton.

Asadpour, Hiwa and Zohre Karaji Abediani. 2012. Using Film and Digital Video in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers. Borhan School Cultural Institute Publication, Tehran, Iran

Selected Papers (peer-reviewed)

Asadpour, Hiwa. 2022. "Parts of speech and the placement of Targets in the corpus of languages in northwestern Iran" Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory. https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2022-0001

Asadpour, Hiwa. 2022. Word order in Mukri Kurdish – The case of incorporated Targets. In Hiwa Asadpour & Thomas Jügel (eds.), Word order variation: Semitic, Turkic, and Indo-European languages in contact, Studia Typologica [STTYP] 31, 63–88. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.

Asadpour, Hiwa. 2021. Cross-Dialect Diversity in Mukri Kurdish I: Phonological and Phonetic variation. Linguistic Geography 9(1), Cambridge University Press. 1-12. doi:10.1017/jlg.2021.1

Dr. Hiwa Asadpour
E-mail: asadpour@lingua.uni-frankfurt.de