Hiwa Asadpour is an associate researcher at the Department of English and American Studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt and a postdoctoral fellow researcher at the Department of Languages and Information Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Japan (DAAD-JSPS fellowship), with Prof. Yuki Hirose.
In his postdoctoral research project, he investigates the processing of main and relative clauses in active and passive constructions, using picture-story questionnaires, acceptability judgments, and sentence completion tasks. In general, he is interested in:
Beyond the processing effects, 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)