Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nico Nassenstein

Juniorprofessor for African Languages and Linguistics
Research interests
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, Swahili and Kinyarwanda-Kirundi

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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

Variation in Swahili

Zeitschrift: Swahili Forum 26 (2019)
Herausgegeben von: Daisuke Shinagawa & Nico Nassenstein | 2020

Worte, Stimmungen, Räume: Eine Einladung

Worte, Stimmungen, Räume: Eine Einladung

Zeitschrift: The Mouth Special Issue 4, 2020
Verfasst von: Axel Fleisch, Angelika Mietzner, Nico Nassenstein & Anne Storch

Swearing and Cursing

Swearing and Cursing
Contexts and Practices in a Critical Linguistic Perspective
Reihe: Language and Social Life [LSL], 22
Herausgegeben von: Nico Nassenstein und Anne Storch

32nd Swahili Colloquium, Universität Bayreuth

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  ...

International Workshop: Current Debates and Topics in the Study of Lingala

Varieties and variation, language contact and sociolinguistic change
11 May 2019, 9:00-18:00, JGU Mainz
Organizer: Nico Nassenstein

New research on African languages and migration in the Rhine-Main region

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.  ...

Third Workshop on Language Tourism

Language and Intimacy. Discourses and Narratives
Third Workshop on Language & Tourism
El Arenal, 13-14 October 2018

9th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL9)

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  ...

7th International Conference on Bantu Languages (SINTU 7)

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  ...

International Congress of Linguists (ICL 20)

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)  ...