Prof. Dr. Christa König | Curriculum Vitae

 

Prof. Dr. Christa König

Linguistics and African Studies

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Table of Contents

- Contact
- Personal Particulars
- Education
- Academic positions
- Awards
- Publications
- Editorial work
- Reviews
- Research trips
- Teaching
- Lectures
- Additional activities

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

 

Office:

Department for African Studies
(Institut für Afrikanistische Sprachwissenschaften)
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Mertonstr. 17-21, Trakt D, 4.06
D 60054 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

 

 

 

 

Home:

Nonnenwerthstr. 48
D 50937 Koeln, Germany

 

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Personal particulars

 

 

Born:
Place of birth:
Citizenship:
Maternal status:

February 8, 1962
Wuppertal-Elberfeld
German
married

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Education

 

1984

University  Entrance  Qualification,  Gymnasium  Sedanstraße
Wuppertal

 

1985

Undergraduate studies in Japanology and Journalism, University of
Berlin (FU)

 

1985

Undergraduate  studies  in  African  Studies  (Afrikanistik),  Linguistics
and Phonetics at the University of Cologne

 

1987

Intermediate Examination in African Studies and Linguistics

 

1992

M.A. (Distinction). African Studies (Major), Linguistics and Phonetics
at the University of Cologne

 

1993

Ph.D. (Distinction)

 

2000

Habilitation  (Dr.  habil.)  in  African  Studies  at  Johann  Wolfgang
Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M.

 

2000

Privatdozentin  for  African  Studies  at  the  Johann  Wolfgang  Goethe
University Frankfurt a.M.

 

2006

Apl.  Professor  for  African  Linguistics  at  Johann  Wolfgang  Goethe
University Frankfurt a.M.

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Academic positions

 

1987 - 1992

Tutorial  assistant,  Department  of  African  Studies,  University  of
Cologne

 

1994 - 1995

Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of Zurich

 

1995 - 1997

Post-Doc scholarship, University of Cologne, Deutsche Forschungs-
gemeinschaft (DFG)

 

1997-1999

Habilitation scholarship, University Bayreuth (DFG)

 

2000

Privatdozent University Frankfurt a M.

 

02 to 03, 2002

Honorary  visiting  fellow  at  the  Research  Center  for  Lingustic
Typology, La Trobe University, Melbourne

 

04 to 07, 2002

Honorary  visiting  fellow  at  the  Dartmouth  College  Hanover  New
Hampshire

 

09, 2005 to 06, 2006

Honorary  visiting  fellow  at  the  Netherlands  Institute  for  Advanced
Studies

 

14-06 - 2006

Ranked  third  (3.  Listenplatz)  for  W3  Professorship  for  Afrikanistik,
Hamburg

 

2006

Apl.  Professor  for  African  Linguistics,  Johann  Wolfgang  Goethe
Universtity Frankfurt a.M.

 

09.2008 – 08.2009

Visiting  professor  at  the  Tokyo  University  of  Foreign  Studies,
Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa

 

March 2010

Visiting professor at the Graz University

 

November 2011

Visiting professor at Shenzhen Polytechnic, China

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Awards

 

1995 to 1997

Word  classes  in  Ik.  German  Research  Society  (DFG)  Post-
Doctorate Scholarship, Department of African Studies, University of
Cologne

 

1997 to 1999

Case  in  Ik.  German  Research  Society  (DFG)  Habilitation
Scholarship, Department of African Studies and African Languages,
University of Bayreuth

 

2001 to 2003

Case  in  Africa.  German  Research  Society  (DFG),  Scholarship, University Frankfurt

 

2006 to 2008

Grammar  of  !Xun.  German  Research  Society  (DFG),  Scholarship,
University Frankfurt

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Publications
- Books

 

 

1988

(together  with  Bernd  Heine).  Plant  Concepts  and  Plant  Use.  An
Ethnobotanical Survey of the Semi-Arid and Arid Lands of East Africa.
Plants  of  the  So.  (Uganda).  Part  2. (Kölner  Beiträge  zur
Entiwcklungsländerforschung/Cologne  Development  Studies,  Bd.  7.)
Saarbrücken, Fort Lauderdale: Breitenbach.

 

1988

(together  with  Bernd  Heine  &  Ingo  Heine).  Plant  Concepts  and  Plant
Use. An Ethnobotanical Survey of the Semi-Arid and Arid Lands of East
Africa.  Plants  of  the  Samburu.  (Kenya).  Part  5. (Kölner  Beiträge  zur
Entiwcklungsländerforschung/Cologne  Development  Studies,  Bd.  10.)
Saarbrücken, Fort Lauderdale: Breitenbach.

 

1992

"Ist das Camus eine Tempussprache?" M.A. Thesis. (140 pages).

 

1993

Aspekt im Maa. (AMO 3) Cologne: Institut für Afrikanistik, University of
Cologne.

 

2002

Kasus im Ik. (Nilo-Saharanische Reihe, 16) Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe.

 

2008

Case in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

2008

(together with Bernd Heine) A concise dictionary of Northwestern !Xun.
(Research in Khoisan Studies, 21) Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe.

 

2012

(together with Bernd Heine) The !Xun language. A dialect grammar of
Northern  Khoisan. (Research  in  Khoisan  Studies)  Cologne:  Rüdiger
Köppe.

 

in prep.

!Xun Grammar,  vocabulary,  and  texts  of  the  dialect  of  Ekoka.  (345
pages).

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- Papers

 

 

1987

(co-authered with Bernd Heine). 'On the taxonomic status of folk botanic
categories among the Samburu', Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere. Cologne
10:31-52.

 

1998

'Kasus  im  Ik',  in:  Fiedler,  Ines  &  Catherine  Griefenow-Mewis  &  Brigitte
Reineke  (eds.)  Afrikanische  Sprachen  im  Brennpunkt  der  Forschung.
Linguistische  Beiträge  zum  12.  Afrikanistentag  Berlin,  3.-6.  Oktober 4
1996. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe. Pp 197-214.

 

2000

'Proximativ: Neu und verwirrend?, in: Walter Breu (Hrsg.) Probleme der
Interaktion  von  Lexik  und  Aspekt. (Linguistische  Arbeiten,  412.)
Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag. Pp. 141-158.

 

2000

co-authered with Bernd Heine). The !Xun of Ekoka. A demographic and
linguistic  report.  (Khoisan  Forum,  7),  Cologne:  Institut  für  Afrikanistik,
University of Cologne. (192 pages).

 

2003

(co-authered with Bernd Heine) ‘Location and motion in !Xun (Namibia)’,
in:  Shay.  Erin &  Uwe  Seibert  (eds.)  Motion,  direction  and  location  in
languages  in  honor  of  Zygmunt  Frajzyngier.
Amsterdam/Philadelphia:John Benjamins. Pp. 129-150.

 

2004

(co-authered with Bernd Heine) ∪!Xun as a type B language∪, in: Katrin
Bromber  &  Birgit  Smieja  (Eds.)  Globalisation  and  African  languages.
Risks and benefits. (Trends in Linguistics, 156) Berlin, New York:Mouton
de Gruyter. Pp. 263-277.

 

2005

(co-authered with Bernd Heine) ‘Verb extensions in !Xun (W2 dialect)’,
APAL (Annual Publications in African Linguistics) 2:11-30.

 

2005

Case  in  Africa:  On  categorial  misbehaviour.  in:  Erhard  Voeltz  (ed.)
Studies in African Linguistic Typology. Benjamins Pp. 195-207.

 

2006

‘Marked nominative in Africa’, Studies in language.30:4. ´Pp. 705-782.

 

2006

‘Case  for  case:  The  African  problem.  No  case  before  the  verb’,  APAL
(Annual Publications in African Linguistics), 4 (2006).

 

2007

The  interaction  between  tense,  aspect  an  modality  in  Khwe  (Annual
Publications in African Linguistics), 4 (2006). Pp.109-125.

 

2008

‘Marked  nominative  languages  of  eastern  Africa’,  in:  Bernd  Heine  &
Derek  Nurse  (eds.)  A  linguistic  geography  of  Africa,  Chapter  8.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 251-271.

 

2008

(co  authored  with  Denis  Creissels,  Zygmunt  Frajzyngier,  Gerrit
Dimmendaal)  ‘Africa  as  a  morphosyntactic  area’,  in:  Bernd  Heine  &
Derek  Nurse  (eds.)  A  linguistic  geography  of  Africa,  Chapter  8.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 86-150.

 

2008

(co authored with Bernd Heine) ‘What can linguistics tell us about early
Khoekhoe  history?’  Khoekhoe  and  the  origins  of  herding  in  southern
Africa, Karim Sadr and Francois-Xavier Fauvelle-Aymar (eds.) Southern
African Humanities, 20,1) Pp. 235-248.

 

2008

‘Bleek’, in: Stammerjohann Harro et al (eds.) Lexicon grammaticorum –
Who’s who in the history of world linguistics. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer.

 

2008

‘Koelle’, in: Stammerjohann Harro et al. (eds.) Lexicon grammaticorum –
Who’s who in the history of world linguistics. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer.

 

2008

‘Westermann’,  in:  Stammerjohann  Harro  et  al  (eds.)  Lexicon
grammaticorum – Who’s who in the history of world linguistics Tübingen:
Max Niemeyer.

 

2009

‘Participant marking in Ik’, in: Gerrit Dimmendaal (ed.), Coding participant
marking:  Construction  types  in  twelve  African  languages.  Amsterdam  &
Benjamins: John Benjamins. Pp. 141-172

 

2009

‘Participant  marking  in  in  !Xun,  especially  W2’,  in:  Gerrit  Dimmendaal
(ed.)  Coding  participant  marking:  Construction  types  in  twelve  African
languages. Amsterdam & Benjamins: John Benjamins. Pp. 23-54.

 

2009

‘Marked Nominatives’,  in:  Andrej  Malchukov  &  Andrew  Spencer  (eds.)
Handbook of Case. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 535-548

 

2009

‘Case in an African language: Ik - How defective case can be’, in: Andrej
Malchukov & Andrew Spencer (eds.) Handbook of Case. Oxford: Oxford
University Press. Pp. 730-741.

 

2009

Focus  in  !Xun,  in:  Sonja  Ermisch  (ed.)  Focus  and  topic  in  Arican
Languages. (Frankfurter Afrikanistische Blätter, 2006,18)  Pp. 91-100

 

2009

Topic in !Xun, in : Sonja Ermisch (ed.) Khoisan languages and lingusitics,
Proceedings  of  the  2 nd International  Symposium,  January  8-12,  2006,
Riezlern. (Quellen zur Khoisan-Forschung, 22). Pp. 249-264.

 

2010

‘Verb  serialization  in  !Xun’,  in:  Matthias  Brenzinger  &  Christa  König
(eds.)  forthc.  /Khoisan  Languages  and  Linguistics.  The  Riezlern
Symposium  2003.  /  (Quellen  zur  Khoisan  Forschung,  17).  Cologne:
Köppe. Pp. 152-185.

 

2010

The  Labwor  language  of  Northeastern  Uganda,  A  grammatical  Sketch,
(co-edited with Bernd Heine). (Studies in Nilotic Linguistics, 1). Research
Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa. 107 pages.

 

2010

Aspect  in  Labwor, in:  Descriptive  Studies  of  Nilotic  Morphosyntax
(Studies in Nilotic Linguistics, 2). Research Institute for Languages and
Cultures of Asia and Africa. Pp 61-91.

 

2010

Are  there  ditransitive  verbs  in  !Xun?  In  Malchukov,  Andrej  L,
Haspelmath,  Martin,  and  Comrie,  Bernard  (eds.)  2010.  Studies  in
Ditransitive Constructions: A Comparative Handbook. Berlin: Mouton De
Gruyter. Pp. 74-114.

 

2010

On  the  linear  order  of  ditransitive  objects.  Language  Sciences  32:  87-
131. (together with Bernd Heine

 

2011

Case marking and linguistic geography, in: Osamu Hieda, Christa König,
Hiroshi Nakagawa (eds.) A geographical typology of African languages.
Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Pp.67-90

 

2011

Introduction, in: Osamu Hieda, Christa König, Hiroshi Nakagawa (eds.) A geographical typology of African languages. Amsterdam & Philadelphia:
John Benjamins. Pp.7-12

 

In print

‘Dative  in  !Xun’,  in:  Erhard  Voeltz  (ed.)  Datives  in  African  Languages.
Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

 

In print

‘Dative  in  Ik’,  in:  Erhard  Voeltz  (ed.)  Datives  in  African  Languages.
Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

 

In print

On the rise of Ergativity in Africa, Osaka, Elly van Gelderen and Ristuko
Kikusawa (eds.), 15 pages.

 

In print

On possession in !Xun,35 pages

 

In print

Evidentiality in !Xun, 17 pages.

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Editorial work

 

 

Since  1993  Editor  ot  the  Monograph  Series  AMO  (Afrikanistische  Monographien),
where the folloging titles have been appeared

Ulrike Claudi. 1993. Die Stellung von Verb und Objekt in Niger-Kongo-Sprachen: Ein
Beitrag zur Rekonstruktion historischer Syntax. (Christa König [ed.] AMO,
Afrikanistische Monographien, 1). Cologne.

Eithne  Carlin.  1993.The  So  Language.  (Christa  König  [ed.]  AMO,  Afrikanistische
Monographien, 2). Cologne.

Christa  König.  1993.  Aspekt  im  Maa. (Christa  König  [ed.]  AMO,  Afrikanistische
Monographien, 3). Cologne.

Regine  Koroma.  1994.  Die  Morphosyntax  des  Gola. (Christa  König  [ed.]  AMO,
Afrikanistische Monographien, 4). Cologne.

Anne-Barbara Ischinger.  1995.  Kulturidentität  und  Frankographie. Eine
komparatistische  Untersuchung  über  den  Roman  der  Wolof  und  der 
Manding.  (Christa  König  [ed.]  AMO,  Afrikanistische  Monographien,  5).
Cologne.

Christa  Kilian-Hatz.  1995.  Das  Baka. Grundzüge  einer  Grammatik  aus  der
Grammatikalisierungsperspektive.  (Christa  König  [ed.]  AMO,
Afrikanistische Monographien, 6). Cologne.

Joung-Mi  Kwon.  1995.  Possession  im  Swahili.  (Christa  König  [ed.]  AMO,
Afrikanistische Monographien, 7). Cologne.

Mathias  Schladt.  1997.  Kognitive  Strukturen  von  Körperteilvokabularien  in
kenianischen    Sprachen.  (Christa  König  [ed.]  AMO,  Afrikanistische
Monographien, 8). Cologne.

Matthias  Brenzinger.  1998.  Sprachwechesel  afrikanischer  Minoritäten  aus
soziologischer Sicht. (Christa  König  [ed.]  AMO,  Afrikanistische
Monographien, 9). Cologne.

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Reviews

 

1997

Review  of:  Perspektiven  afrikanistischer  Forschung. Beiträge  zur
Linguistik,  Ethnologie,  Geschichte,  Philosophie  und  Literatur.  X.
Afrikanistentag. Eds. by Bearth, Thomas et.al., JAL. Leiden.

 

2006

Review  of  Patrick  Dickens.  Ju–Èhoan  grammar 2005.  Ju–Èhoan
grammar.  (Quellen  zur  Khoisan-Forschung,  17).  Cologne:  Rüdiger
Köppe.will appear in JAL Leiden.

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Research trips

 

1986

2 months ethnobotanic research among the Samburu, northern Kenya

 

1986

2 months ethnobotanic research among the So, eastern Uganda

 

1987

2  months  ethnobotanic  research  among  the  Samburu  and  Camus,
northern Kenya

 

1992

2 months study trip on Swahili, Zanzibar.

 

1993

2 months research on narrative texts among the Camus, northern Kenya.

 

1996

3 months research on case among the Ik, north-east Kenya

 

1997

2 months research on tense/aspect/modality among the Kxoe, north-east
Namibia

 

1997

2 months Ik, north-east Kenya

 

1998

2 months research on tense/aspect/modality among the Kxoe, north-east
Namibia

 

2000

2 months research on the grammar among the !Xun, north Namibia

 

2001

2 months research on the grammar among the !Xun, north Namibia

 

2002

2 months research on the grammar among the !Xun, north Namibia

 

2006

3 months research on the grammar among the !Xun, north, south Namibia

 

2007

2 months research on the grammar among the !Xun, north Namibia

 

2008

2 months research on the grammar among the !Xun, north Namibia

 

2009

2 months research on Labwor, Karamoja, Uganda

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Teaching

 

 

 

SS 1993 Structure of Maa. (university of Cologne)

SS 1994 Tense/aspect in the languages of the world.WS 1994/5 Introduction to general linguistics. (University of Zürich)

SS 2001 Case in African languages.
WS 2001/2 Grammaticalization: an Introduction. (University of Frankfurt a.M.)

SS 2002 Structure of !Xun.

WS 2002/3 Syntax of Khoisan

SS 2003 Serial Verbs in African languages

WS 2003/4 Structure of Ik.

SS 2005 Structure of !Xun (University Graz).

SS 2005 Evolution of language

WS 2005/6 Numbers and Counting in Africa

WS 2005 Language origin

SS2006 Number and Gender in Africa

WS2005/6 Narrative Discourse – The world of the !Xun

SS 2006 Gender and Number in Afrika.

WS2006/7 The world of the !Xun in narrative Discourse

WS2008/9 How to Write English Articles I

WS2008/9 Field Linguistics I (University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo)

SS2009 How to write English Articles II (University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo)

SS2009 Field Linguistics II (University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo)

WS2010 Case systems – a typological approach. Graz University

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Lectures

 

 

May 1991

'Verbal classes in Maa', Lehrstuhl Afrikanistik II, University
Bayreuth.

 

April 1993

'The Grammaticalization of the Imperfective of Maa.'
Grammaticalisationsymposium, Stanford April 1993.

 

15-12-1993

'Imperfective and Progressive in Maa', Linguistics, University
Zürich.

 

26-05-1995

'Der Proximativ: Neu und verwirrend?', 1. ILA-Tagung
(Interaktion-Lexik- Aspekt), Konstanz 25 - 27 May, 1995.

 

03-10-1996

'Case in Ik.' Afrikanistentag, Berlin 3-6 October, 1996.

 

20-05-2000

‘Aspect in Kxoe’ 2. ILA-Tagung Zürich.

 

May 2002

‘Suppletive Verbs in !Xun’ (Lecture Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire).

 

1-11-2002

‘Partizipantenmarkierung im !Xun’ (Lecture 15 th Afrikanistentag
Frankfurt 30-September  - 2-October 2002).

 

13-11-2002

‘Verb serialization in !Xun’ University Hamburg.

 

January 2003

‘Serial verbs in !Xun’ Riezlern Khoisankonferenz

 

February 2003

‘They sit stand tickle me – Verb serialization in !Xun’ Research Centre of Linguistic Typology, Melbourne, Australien.

 

March 2003

Imperatives in !Xun’ Research Centre of Linguistic Typology,
Melbourne

 

July 2003

‘Marked nominative – an exotic language type.’ World Congress
of African Linguistic, 4, Rutgers, USA.

 

07, 2003

‘Marked nominative – an exotic language type.’ World Congress
of African Linguistics 4, Rutgers.

 

20-10-2004

‘Case in Africa’ (Lecture Chonnam National University Gwangju,
Korea

 

22-10-2004

‘The  Maasai  language  and  culture’  (Lecture  Department  of
African Studies, Korea University of Foreign Studies, Korea.

 

30-08-2005

‘What is unusual about case systems in Africa’(35th Colloquium
on African Languages and Linguistics Leiden)

 

11-10-2005

Gender  and  number  in  !Xun  (Colloquium:  The  interaction  of
Gender and Number in the world’s languages Leiden)

 

8-12-2005

How did they talk? Reconstructing early language (Lecture hold
together with Bernd Heine at Netherlands institute for advanced
studies)

 

11-01-2006

Topic in !Xun (Riezlern Khoisan Conference)

 

19-05-2006

Grammaticalization  as  a  window  to  language  origin  (together
with Bernd Heine Windows on language origin NIAS)

 

10-11- 2006

‘How  much  recursion  does  a  language  need  in  order  to  be
human?  Recursive  structures  in  !Xun:  A  text  analysis’.
Stellenbosch, South Africa. The Cradle of Language Conference.

 

8-01- 2007

‘”You  can  say  so!”  Nearly  unlimmited  possibilities  in  !Xun’
University Zürich

 

24-05- 2007

‘Is the !Xun language typologically unusual?’ Paris (together with
Bernd Heine)

 

21-06-2007

‘Context in  !Xun’  Humboldt Universität Berlin

 

24-11-2007

How  many  verbal  arguments  does  a  language  tolerate?  The
case  of  !Xun. Leipzig,  MPI  Ditransitive  (together  with  Bernd
Heine)

 

26-11-2007

Ergativity in Africa, University of Leipzig

 

04-12-2007

Case in Africa - Ergativity , Cologne

 

04-03-2008

Historical development of Ergativity in Africa CELIA, Paris

 

31-10-2008

And yet they understand each other: Linguistic Communication in
!Xun AA-Ken, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

 

7-11-2008

!Xun a special language type, Tokyo, the University of Tokyo

 

10-11-2008

Clicks in !Xun, Tokyo, Woman’s Christian University

 

10-11-2008

Field  research  among  the  !Xun,  Tokyo,  Woman’s  Christian
University

 

28-11-2008

Case in Africa, Kanazawa, Kanazawa University

 

16-01-2009

On Case Systems, Sendai, Tohoku University Osaka

 

5-3-2009

On  the  rise  of  Ergativity  in  Africa,  Osaka,  Historical  Linguistics
Conference

 

12-05-2009

Case  marking  and  linguistic  geography,  Tokyo,  A  geographical
typology of African languages, Conference

 

September 2010

Possession  in  !Xun  Cairns  International  Workshop  on
Possession and Ownership, Conference

 

October 2010

!Xun a special language type, London SOAS, Lecture

 

November 2010

Evidentiality in !Xun, Cologne, Conference

 

July 2011

An  expected  unexpected  distinction  in  !Xun,  Riezlern,  Khoisan,
Conference

 

October

Head,  body,  heart,  and  scalp  - body  part  expressions in  !Xun,
Warsaw, Conference on Body language

 

November 2011

Participant  marking  and  Case  – an  explanation,  Beijing,  China,
Lecture

 

November 2011

Serial verbs in Africa and beyond, Beijing, China, Lecture

 

December 2011

Traces  of  case  alignment  in  Nilotic  languages,  Kyoto,
Conference on Nilotic Studies

 

December 2012

London, SOAS, !Xun, a new language type.

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Additional activities

 

 

 

Supervizer of MA Kirsten Wilson, Tense and Aspect Categories, Dartmouth College, USA. (2002 abgeschlossen).


Supervizer  of phD  Project  of Carola  Emkow,  A  grammar  of  Araona.  LaTrobe University, Melbourne. (2006 abgeschlossen).

Supervizer  of phD  Project  of Friederike  Wilkening,  A  gramnar  of  „Anikhwedam, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt a.M.


Referee of Oxford University Press.

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Frankfurt, September, 2011   Christa König, M.A., Ph.D., Professor Dr.habil.

 

 

 

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