Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Anthropology/Anthropological Linguistics and Pragmatics:
(1) language variation and language contact phenomena in Bantu languages from East and Central Africa
(2) cross-register variation in Africa (also including linguistic creativity, urban language, youth language practices)
(3) language and conflict, verbal transgression and taboo (with a linguistic anthropological and postcolonial focus, also with regard to politeness strategies, avoidance strategies, sex, swearing and cursing)
(4) the study of language in touristic contextsLinguistic focus
Lingala & Bangala, Kikongo-Kituba, Cilubà, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda-Kirundi, Mijikenda (and other Bantu languages from East and Central Africa), Acholi
(Authors: Finn Gessert, Marie Gruber, Journalistisches Seminar, JGU Mainz)
Nachtlinguistik. Sprachwissenschaftliche Streifzüge
Co-authored by: Nico Nassenstein & Anne Storch
transcript | 2022
In der Nacht manifestiert sich die Macht des Abseitigen, zugleich aber ist sie ein Zeitraum, dem Momente des Schönen innewohnen. Nico Nassenstein und Anne Storch nehmen die Nacht aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln unter die Lupe und verknüpfen historische Perspektiven mit Untersuchungen zur Sprache und unterschiedlichen Formen der Wissensproduktion. In Kapiteln unterschiedlichen Genres zeichnen sie so ein Bild der Nacht als andere Möglichkeitswelt, in der alternative und dekoloniale Wissensformen ihren Platz finden und Souveränität und Kreativität immer wieder neu erlangt werden können.
In October 2022, Nico Nassenstein spent several weeks as a research fellow at the Universidade de São Paulo (Departamento de Linguística) upon invitation by Prof. Alexander Cobbinah. During this time, apart from several lectures and BA/MA classes on “Contact languages and language contact in the Bantu area: Case studies of LWC (languages of wider communication) from Central Africa”, the visit was intended to bring together scholars working on Bantu languages from Congo-Angola and to develop collaborative future research ideas (for a project that intends to focus on Angolan Bantu languages).
In late September and early October, the DFG-funded international workshop “What is innovation?” took place at JGU Mainz. Colleagues from Nairobi, Tokyo, London, Frankfurt, Cape Town and Mainz came together for two days to share insights into innovative processes in African youth language practices with a focus on morphosyntactic microvariation. Several publication projects are currently in preparation. For more information, please visit: http://www.microvariation-and-youth-languages.com
In late November 2021, Nico Nassenstein and Humboldt fellow Prof. Sambulo Ndlovu organized a visit to GZU Masvingo in Zimbabwe in order to prepare the ground for a memorandum of understanding between JGU Mainz and the Zimbabwean university, and potentially also with participation of Goethe University Frankfurt. The delegation was received by the Vice-Chancellor of the university and a symposium was organized in honor of this first official visit. Together with the DAAD representative in Zimbabwe, Dr. Wolfram Full, Ndlovu and Nassenstein followed an invitation to diffuse the ideas around future cooperations across different media, such as the campus radio Masvingo. The fact-finding mission was generously funded with support by the ZIS (Zentrum für Interkulturelle Studien).
Panel: "Metaphor in Youth Language"
Panel organizers: Thabo Ditsele, Andrea Hollington, Ellen Hurst-Harosh, Fridah Kanana Erastus, Chimwemwe Kamanga, Roland Kouassi, Nico Nassenstein, Sambulo Ndlovu
7–12 June 2021
Panel: “Linguistic Biographies”
Panel organizers: Andrea Hollington & Nico Nassenstein
1–3 July 2021
“Studying language at the beach: Perspectives on contact and change in the context of tourism”
1 May 2021 — the full talk can be found on YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9xIPEfR1h-c
The Other’s Other
Edited by: Andrea Hollington, Angelika Mietzner, Nico Nassenstein, Anne Storch & Sara Zavaree
On 27 February 2021, an international workshop will be organized at JGU Mainz (to be held virtually) with a focus on current research topics in the study of the two Bantu languages Kinyarwanda and Kirundi (spoken in Rwanda, Burundi and adjacent areas). The workshop addresses colleagues working in all fields of linguistics (e.g. phonology, morphosyntax, sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics etc.) and aims at bringing together scholars who share ideas and discuss recent topics that deal with the two languages Kinyarwanda and Kirundi and closely-related varieties. All interested scholars are invited to send a tentative title of their talk (either intended as 20 min talk plus 10 min discussion, or 30 min talk plus 15 min discussion) to email@example.com by 31 January 2020. The event is open to colleagues from other disciplines and to students.
Venue: Online workshop
Date and time: Saturday, 27 February 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The program will be announced in early February, the link for participation will be shared a few days before the event. Murakoze cyane!
The Discourse of Intimacy and Transgression
Series: Culture and Language Use [CLU], 22
Co-authored by: Anne Storch und Nico Nassenstein
John Benjamins | 2020
Variation in Swahili
Zeitschrift: Swahili Forum 26 (2019)
Herausgegeben von: Daisuke Shinagawa & Nico Nassenstein | 2020
Worte, Stimmungen, Räume: Eine Einladung
Zeitschrift: The Mouth Special Issue 4, 2020
Verfasst von: Axel Fleisch, Angelika Mietzner, Nico Nassenstein & Anne Storch
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) ...