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Nina Pawlak

Prof. Dr. Nina Pawlak

University of Warsaw

Department of African Languages and Cultures

Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28

00-927 Warszawa, POLAND


Office hours: Monday, 10.00-11.00 a.m.

Tel. +48 22 55 20 357 (Office)

Areas of Research: Hausa, Comparative Chadic Studies, African Linguistics, African Languages and Culture

Geographical Area: West Africa (mainly Nigeria)


Biographical sketch

2007, Professor of Humanities (Linguistics)

1995, Habilitation: "Syntactic Markers in Chadic: A Study on Development of Grammatical Morphemes".

1983, Ph.D. (University of Warsaw): "Structures Expressing Spatial Relations in Hausa"

1974, M.A. in African Studies (University of Warsaw): "Expressing 'Intensity' in Hausa Verbs"

Main research projects

2010: Structural properties of African languages in typological perspective

2007-2009: Codes and rituals of emotions in Asian and African cultures

1999-2000: Hausa in convergence areas of West Africa

Academic functions

2009-2015 Head of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, University of Warsaw

1999-2005 President of the Scientific Council, Institute of Oriental Studies, Universiy of Warsaw

1996-1999 Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warsaw

Supervision of Ph.D. theses

2005, Izabela Will, Syntactic Classes of Nouns in Hausa

2006, Hafizu Miko Yakasai, Hausa Reduplication in the Process of Grammaticalization and Lexicalization

2010, (co-supervision with Prof. Miriam Butt) Magdalena Olejarnik, Complex Predicates in Swahili. An LFG Approach.

2012, Isa Yusuf Chamo, The Changing Code of Communication in Hausa Films.


Hausa courses, African linguistics, African languages and culture (Ethnolinguistics)


Authored Books

2010, Języki afrykańskie [African languages], Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 327 pp.

2002, Hausa outside the mother area. Plateau variety, Warszawa: Dialog, 157 pp.

1998, Język hausa (the Hausa language), Warszawa, Wydawnictwo AkademickieDIALOG, 224 pp.

1994, Syntactic Markers in Chadic. A Study on Development of Grammatical Morphemes,Warszawa, Instytut Orientalistyczny, 236 pp.

Edited Books

2016, (jointly with Hanna Rubinkowska-Anioł and Izabela Will. African Studies. Forging New Perspectives and Directions, Warszawa: ELIPSA, 291 pp.

2014, (jointly with Izabela Will, Ewa Siwierska. Hausa and Chadic studies in honour of Professor Stanisław Piłaszewicz, Warszawa: Elipsa, 271 pp.

2009, Codes and Rituals of Emotions in Asian and African Cultures, Warszawa: Dom Wydawniczy ELIPSA 2009, 277 pp.

2008, Języki Azji i Afryki w komunikacji międzykulturowej [Languages of Asia and Africa in intercultural communication], Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 265 pp.

2005 (jointly with Anna Duszak): Anatomia szczęścia – emocje pozytywne w językach i kulturach świata [Anatomy of Happiness – positive emotions across languages and cultures], Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 335 pp.

2004 (jointly with Zofia Podobińska): Języki Afryki a kultura (African languages and culture), Warszawa: AGADE, 288 pp.

2003 (jointly with Anna Duszak): Anatomia gniewu: emocje negatywne w językach i kulturach świata ((Anatomy of Anger – negative emotions across languages and cultures), Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 230 pp.

Chapters in Books

2016, Discourse Properties of the Reference System for Coding Spatial Information in Hausa. [in] Piotr Stalmaszczyk (ed.) Philosophical and Linguistic Analyses of Reference (Studies in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics 2), Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang GmbH, 227-241

2016, Between Oral and Written Tradition: the Concept of ‘Truth’ (Gaskiya) in Hausa. [in] Nina Pawlak, Hanna Rubinkowska-Anioł, Izabela Will (eds). African studies. Forging new perspectives and directions, Warszawa: ELIPSA, 143-158

2014, Notions of SELF in Hausa, [in] Matthias Brenzinger and Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (eds), The Body in Language. Comparative Studies of Linguistic Embodiment, Brill Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture 8. Leiden: Brill, 140-159

2014, ‘Woman’ and ‘man’ in Hausa language and culture, [in] Pawlak, Nina, Izabela Will, Ewa Siwierska (eds), Hausa and Chadic studies in honour of Professor Stanisław Piłaszewicz, Warszawa: Elipsa, 172-187.

2014. On the Word kamar in Hausa, [in] Sa᾽idu Muhammad Gusau, M.A.Z. Sani, Haruna Abdullahi Birniwa, Isa Mukhtar, Aliwu Mu᾽azu, Jibril Shu᾽aibu Adamu (eds), Garkuwan adabin Hausa. A Festschrift in Tribute to Abdulƙadir Ɗangambo, Zaria: Ahmadu Bello University Press Ltd., 37-44.

2009, Conceptualization of Emotions in African Languages and the Context of African Personality, [in] Nina Pawlak (ed.) Codes and Rituals of Emotions in Asian and African Cultures, Warszawa: Dom Wydawniczy ELIPSA, p. 95-109.

2009, Kognitywny obraz ‘matki’ i ‘ojca’ w języku i kulturze Hausa [the cognitive understanding of ‘mother’ and ‘father’ in the Hausa language and culture], [in] Jacek Jan Pawlik, Małgorzata Szupejko (eds.) Afryka na progu XXI wieku. Kultura i społeczeństwo, Warszawa: Oficyna Wydawnicza ASPRA-JR (Polskie Towarzystwo Afrykanistyczne), p. 237-247.

2008, Rola słowa i odpowiedzialności za słowo w kulturach Afryki [the role of speech habits and the responsibility for speech practices in African cultures], [in] N. Pawlak (ed.) Języki Azji i Afryki w komunikacji międzykulturowej, Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, p. 43-58.

2005, Conceptualization of “thinking” and “speaking” in Hausa, [in] Metonymy-Metaphor Collage, ed. by Elżbieta Górska and Günter Radden, Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, p. 121-142.

2005, W poszukiwaniu miary szczęścia. Zdrowie/spokój/szczęście czyli lafiya w języku i kulturze Hausa [Measuring the happiness. Health/peace/luck or lafiya in the Hausa language and culture], [in] Anatomia szczęścia – emocje pozytywne w językach i kulturach świata, ed. by Duszak, Anna and Nina Pawlak, p. 81-91.

2003, The structural features of Plateau Hausa, [in] Actes du 3e Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Africaine, Lomé 2000 (3rd World Congress of African Linguistics, vol. 3,) ed. by Kézié K. Lébikaza, Köln: Rüdiger Köppe, p. 297-313.

2003, Locative Prepositions in Chadic: lexical or grammatical morphemes, [in] Motion,Direction and Location in Language, ed. by Shay E. & Uwe Seibert, Amsterdam:John Benjamins, p. 235-254.

2003, Motyw zemsty i kary w bajkach afrykańskich (Motif of revenge and punishment in the African folktales), [in] Duszak Anna, Nina Pawlak (eds.), Anatomia gniewu:emocje negatywne w językach i kulturach świata, Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, p. 215-223.

2001, Polysystemism as a key to internal reconstruction. The case of Hausa”, [in] Von Aegypten zum Tschadsee – eine linguistische Reise durch Afrika. Festschrift für Herrmann Jungraithmayr zum 65. Geburtstag [Abhandlung für die Kunde des  Morgenlandes, L III]. Würzburg: Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (Ergon Verlag), p. 311-322.


2015, Grammatical meaning of determiners in Chadic. Common retentions or common innovations?  Folia Orientalia 52, 2015, 289-300

2015, Contribution of Chadic linguistics to linguistic theory: New challenges, w: Gian Claudio Batic and Sergio Baldi (eds.), Selected Proceedings of the Symposium on West African Languages (Naples, 27-28 March 2014). Studi Africanistici/Serie Ciado-Sudanese, vol. 7: 269-296. Naples: Il Torcoliere Università L'Orientale.

2012, Morphological Coding of Verb-Object Agreement in African Languages, Rocznik Orientalistyczny, vol. LXV, 1,  2012, 158-170.

2012, Some common features across language family borders in West Africa, Folia Orientalia, vol. 49, 2012, 365-379.

2010, Dom w opozycji do buszu i świata. Perspektywa kulturowa pojęcia gida w języku hausa [HOME in opposition to THE BUSH and THE WORLD. The cultural aspect of gida in Hausa], Etnolingwistyka 22, 129-144.

2009, Impersonal Subject in Hausa and other Chadic Languages, Studi Maġrebini, vol. VI, 2009,VIII Afro-Asiatic Congress Napoli, ed. by Sergio Baldi,, Neapol, Universita degli Studi di Napoli, “l’Orientale”, 195 – 210.

2009, Pluractionals in Hausa and Polish, [in] Sergio Baldi, Hafizu Miko Yakasai (eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Hausa Studies: African and European Pespectives, Studi Africanistici. Serie Ciado-Sudanese, 3, Neapol:  Università degli Studi di Napoli “l’Orientale”, 217-233.

2009, Himmelmann, N. P. & e. Schultze-Berndt (eds.), Secondary Predication and Adverbial Modification. The Typology of Depictives, Afrika und Übersee 89, 2006/07, [2009], 271-275 (Review)

2008, Sergio Baldi, Dictionnaire des emprunts arabes dans les langues de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et en swahili, Paris, Édition KARTHALA, 2008, 622 pp., Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures 43, 2009, 115-117. (Review)

2009, Ewa Wołk, Towards the Conceptualization of the Sphere of Interpersonal Relations in Amharic, Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Przegląd Orientalistyczny, 1-2, (228-229), 235-236 (Review)

2008, Paul Newman, A Hausa-English dictionary, International Journal of Lexicography, vol. 21, Nr 4, 450-457 (Review)

2007, The boundaries of the matrix clause: multiverb constructions in Hausa, Lingua Posnaniensis, XLIX, 84-94

2006, Linguistic Strategies of Adaptation: Hausa in Southern Nigeria, Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, Nr 39, 33-49

2004, The early stages of creolization: Hausa from Jos”, Folia Orientalia, 40, 2004, 1-14.

2001, “Diachronic Typology of Locative Phrases in Chadic”, [in] Historical Language Contact in Africa, ed. by D. Nurse, Köln: Rüdiger Köppe, Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika 16, 355-385.

1998, Syntactic Markers in Chadic. An Array of Phonological Form, Morphosyntactic Behaviour and Lexical Meaning”, [in] Proceedings of the XVIth International Congress of Linguists, ed. by Bernard Caron, ELSEVIER SCIENCE, Optimedia (CD) Pergamon, Oxford, Paper No. 0421

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