Department of Language and Culture khadijeh.gharibi@uit.no +4777646456 Tromsø

Khadij Gharibi

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

Job description

Khadij Gharibi is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow working on her project CLICK on Cross-linguistic influence of societal languages ​​on the same heritage language in heritage speakers of Persian in France and Spain. Prior to starting this project, Khadij was a Newton Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Essex, where she conducted a research project funded by the British Academy on the role of attrited input in heritage language development. She completed her PhD in Applied Linguistics fully funded by a Doctoral Scholarship at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Khadij also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Translation from the University of Allameh Tabatabaei, and a Masters of Arts in General Linguistics from Shiraz University. As one of the few scholars working simultaneously on Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics of heritage speakers, her research interests are focused on acquisition, attrition and maintenance of heritage languages. She is also interested in family language policies in immigrant communities.

Publications outside Cristin

Gharibi, K., & Mirvahedi, SH (2021). 'You are Iranian even if you were born on the moon': family language policies of the Iranian diaspora in the UK. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development , 1-16.

Gharibi, K. & Seals, CA (2019). Heritage language policies of the Iranian diaspora in New Zealand. International Multilingual Research Journal . doi: 10.1080 / 19313152.2019.1653746

Gharibi, K. & Boers, F. (2019). Influential factors in lexical richness of young heritage speakers' family language. International Journal of Bilingualism. 23 (2), 381-399.

Gharibi, K. & Seals, CA (2019). Family language policy towards heritage language literacy acquisition and maintenance: Iranians in New Zealand. In SH Mirvahedi (Ed.). The Sociolinguistics of Iran's Languages ​​at Home and Abroad (pp. 109-139). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Gharibi, K. & Boers, F. (2017). Influential factors in incomplete acquisition and attrition of young heritage speakers' vocabulary knowledge. Language Acquisition , 24 (1), 52-69.

Gharibi, K. & Yamini, M. (2013). Politeness in young children's speech, Wellington Working Papers in Linguistics .21, 27-36

Research interests

Heritage Language Acquisition 

Heritage Language Maintenance 

First Language Attrition 

Vocabulary Knowledge in Heritage Speakers 

Psycholinguistics of Heritage Language Bilingualism

Sociolinguistics of Heritage Language Bilingualism 

Crosslinguisitic Influence of Societal Languages ​​on Heritage Languages 

Member of research group


October 2020-September 2022: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the European Commission, UiT, Tromso, Norway, Mentors: Professor Jason Rothman & Professor Terje Lohndal, Project Title: CLICK (Cross-Linguistic Influence of Competing Knowledge: Comparative Morphosyntactic Variations in Heritage Language Development)

June 2018-May 2020: Newton International Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by the British Academy, hosted by the University of Essex, Colchester, UK, Project Title: Issues of Attrition and Transmission in Heritage Language Development, Mentor: Professor Monika S. Schmid

October 2012- December 2016: Victoria Doctoral Scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Thesis Title: Incomplete Acquisition, Attrition and Maintenance of Heritage Speakers' Family Language: Iranians in New Zealand, Supervisors: Prof. Frank Boers & Dr Corinne Seals