Dr. Svenja Völkel




Johannes Gutenberg-University
Department of English and Linguistics
Language Typology
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18

D 55128 Mainz

Phone: +49-6131-39-23980
E-Mail: Dr. Svenja Völkel


Research interests

My research interests include ethnolinguistics, language typology (especially semantic and pragmatic topics), cognitive linguistics, cognitive anthropology and language contact with a regional focus on Oceania, particularly Tonga/Polynesia. Therefore, I have carried out repeated field research in the Pacific, mostly with an interdisciplinary research focus, being fascinated by the interrelation between language, culture and cognition.


Education and scientific career

  • 1995-2000 Master studies (Magister Artium) in General Linguistics, Social Anthropology & Media Studies (University of Mainz, Germany)
  • 1998/99 Studies in Linguistics, Social Anthropology & French as Foreign Language (FLE) (University of Montpellier, France)
  • since 2002 Repeated field research in the Pacific, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • since 2004 Associate lecturer for Social Anthropology (University of Heidelberg/Germany) and for Linguistics (University of Mainz/Germany)
  • since 2006 Assistant Professor at the Institute for Language Typology (University of Mainz/Germany)
  • 2007 PhD (Dr. phil.) in Language Typology (University of Mainz/Germany) with an focus on ethnolinguistics
  • 2007-2010 Research member of the cross-cultural interdisciplinary project on ‘Theory of Mind in the Pacific’ (University of Heidelberg/Germany)