Dr. Hiwa Asadpour


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:

  • How comprehenders balance different types of information (e.g. frequency, uncertainty, processing costs, grammatical and discursive constraints)?
  • How error-prone is our language production and comprehension system and why?

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)

Forschungsschwerpunkte/Research interests

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

Kurzlebenslauf/Short CV

2022: Department of Languages and Information Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Japan (DAAD-JSPS fellowship). Post-doctoral research fellow. Project: Persian and Kurdish Structural Choices in Passive Relative Clause Production.

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

09/2004 – 05/2008: International University of Imam-Reza, Mashad, Iran. BA in English Translation Studies

09/1999 – 06/2003: Shahid Shahrikandi, Mahabad, Iran. Pre-university diploma in Natural Sciences



Asadpour, Hiwa and Thomas Jügel. forthcoming. 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. forthcoming. Word Order Variation: Semitic, Turkic and Indo-European Languages in Contact. Eds. Hiwa Asadpour and Thomas Jügel. STUF. De Gruyter Mouton.

Asadpour, Hiwa. 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