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Izabela Will

Izabela Will, Ph.D.


1998-1999, scholarship, Cairo University (Egypt).

2001, M.A. in African Lingusitics: “Syntactic Accomodation within the Verbal Phrase in Hausa”; supervisor: Prof. Nina Pawlak.

2002, scholarship, Department of Linguistics, SOAS, London.

2005, Ph.D. in African Linguistics: “Syntactic Classes of Nouns  in Hausa”; supervisor: Prof. Nina Pawlak.

2006-2007, teaching Hausa linguistics, Department of Nigerian Languages, Bayero University Kano (Nigeria).

Functions and activities

member of the Polish Association of African Studies;

2002 - participated in “Roundtable on Chadic and Hausa Linguistic”;

2004 - presented a paper “Subject-oriented and object-oriented verbs in Hausa”, Colloquium of African Languages and Linguistics, Leiden;

2005 - research visit, University of Leipzig (Germany);

2003-5 - realization of a project financed by the Polish Committee for Scientific Research “Syntactic Classes of Nouns in Hausa”;

2006 - presented a paper on “A typology of nominal phrases in Hausa”, Typology of Afroasiatic Languages, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA;

2006 - presented a paper “Verbal nouns in Hausa – coming back to the question of transitivity”, Kano-Warsaw workshop on Hausa, Warsaw University.


basic and advanced courses of Hausa, African art, language and intercultural communication.

Ongoing research

Hausa language and culture, recurrent gestures and emblems used in northern Nigeria, cultural conceptualization


Office Hours

Tuesday 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm (please call or e-mail in advance)