Nico Nassenstein is junior professor for African Languages and Linguistics since 2017. He studied African Linguistics, Oriental Studies and German Studies, holds a PhD from the University of Cologne (a study on border thinking in Rufumbira, 2016) and works in the broader fields of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, postcolonial linguistics and pragmatics. His research interests include variation and change in Congo (Western) Swahili dialects, youth language practices in Africa, language and identity, the language of conflict, urban/rural language practices as well as African Englishes. Apart from the study of Lingala, Swahili and Kinyarwanda-Kirundi, he has recently developed an interest in the sociolinguistic aspects of language and (sex) tourism along the Kenyan coast, and works (together with colleagues from the University of Cologne) on language and migration in Majorca, Spain. His main research areas cover the DR Congo, Rwanda-Burundi, Uganda and Kenya. Recent books include an edited volume Youth Language Practices in Africa and Beyond (with A. Hollington, Mouton de Gruyter, 2015), a monograph entitled Kisangani Swahili: Choices and Variation in a Multilingual Urban Space (Lincom, 2016), and several others in preparation.
Panel: Sociolinguistic Variation and Change in Kiswahili
Creative practices, playful language, translocal communication
31 May – 2 June 2019, 32nd Swahili Colloquium, Universität Bayreuth
Organizers: Andrea Hollington (University of Cologne) & Nico Nassenstein ...
Varieties and variation, language contact and sociolinguistic change
11 May 2019, 9:00-18:00, JGU Mainz
Organizer: Nico Nassenstein
The African Studies Rhine-Main initiative of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz JGU and Goethe University Frankfurt launches its first joint research project on "Africans in the Rhine-Main region: an African linguistic research project on linguistic integration." The project is funded by resources from the RMU Initiative Funding for Research. ...
Language and Intimacy. Discourses and Narratives
Third Workshop on Language & Tourism
El Arenal, 13-14 October 2018
The Sociolinguistics of Globalization in Africa. Fluidity, Mobility, Agency
Panel organizers: Angelika Mietzner (Uni Köln) & Nico Nassenstein
The 9th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL9), 25-28 August 2018, Rabat, Morocco ...
Variation in Swahili. Micro-typology, sociolinguistic diversification and language contact
Panel organizers: Nico Nassenstein & Daisuke Shinagawa (ILCAA, TUFS)
9–11 July 2018, SINTU 7, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa ...
Hostility in Language. Other Perspectives on Multilingualism
Panel organizers: Anne Storch (Uni Köln) & Nico Nassenstein
International Congrass of Linguists (ICL 20), 2–6 July 2018, Cape Town (UCT) ...