2020 applicants

Dr Khadij Gharibi

Visiting Fellow
Department of Language and Linguistics
Dr Khadij Gharibi
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    +44 (0) 1206 872101

  • Location

    4.342, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-4 pm or by appointment



Khadij completed her PhD in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her research interests focus on acquisition, attrition and maintenance of heritage languages. She is also interested in family language policies in immigrant communities. Her doctoral research was supported by Victoria University of Wellington through Victoria Doctoral Scholarship. Prior to going to New Zealand, Khadij had been teaching for several years at universities in Iran. She is currently working as a Newton Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Monika Schmid on a project entitled "Issues of Attrition and Transmission in Heritage Language Development" funded by the British Academy.


  • PhD Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, (2016)

  • Masters of Arts Shiraz University, Iran, (2007)

  • Bachelor of Arts Allameh Tabataba'i University, Iran, (2003)


University of Essex

  • Newton Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex (1/6/2018 - 1/6/2020)

  • Lecturer (LG507: Language Attrition, LG214: Language Development throughout the Lifespan & LG638: The Role of Age in Bilingual Development ), Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex (1/10/2018 - 31/1/2020)

Other academic

  • Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex (1/10/2018 - 30/1/2020)

  • Research Assitant, Department of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington (1/1/2017 - 17/7/2017)

  • Language Learning Assitant, Language Learning Centre, Victoria University of Wellington (1/7/2014 - 31/7/2017)

  • Lecturer, Payame Noor Universities, Azad Universities, Iran (1/1/2005 - 1/1/2011)

Research and professional activities

Research interests


Key words: Heritage Language Development


Heritage Language Development

Language Attrition

Family Language Policy

Vocabulary Knowledge

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Language Attrition (LG507)


Journal articles (3)

Gharibi, KG. and Seals, C., Heritage Language Policies of the Iranian Diaspora in New Zealand. International Multilingual Research Journal, 1-17

Gharibi, K. and Boers, F., (2019). Influential factors in lexical richness of young heritage speakers’ family language: Iranians in New Zealand. International Journal of Bilingualism. 23 (2), 381-399

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

Book chapters (1)

Gharibi, KG. and Seals, C., (2019). Family language policy towards heritage language literacy acquisition and maintenance: Iranians in New Zealand. In: The Sociolinguistics of Iran’s Languages at Home and Abroad. Editors: Mirvahedi, SH., . Palgrave Macmillan. 109- 139

Reports and Papers (1)

Gharibi, KG., (2018). Kei Te Pai: Survey on Students' Mental Health in Aotearoa

Thesis dissertation (1)

Gharibi, KG., (2017). Incomplete Acquisition, Attrition and Maintenance of Heritage Speakers’ Family Language: Iranians in New Zealand

Other (1)

Gharibi, KG., (2018).Persian language use and maintenance in New Zealand’s Iranian diaspora, British Academy Review, No. 33,British Academy


+44 (0) 1206 872101


4.342, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-4 pm or by appointment

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