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Prof. Dr. Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

born June 8, 1955 in Eibergen (the Netherlands)

  • Contact office: +49.221.470.5762 or +49.221.470.3504
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  • Consultation hours: Wednesday 13-15 and by arrangement per e-mail
  • E-mail: gerrit.dimmendaal@uni-koeln.de (Gerrit J. Dimmendaal)

Academic education

1973-1978 African studies, History, Arabic, Comparative literature, Leiden University (the Netherlands)
1982 PhD The Turkana Language, Leiden University (the Netherlands)

Academic assignments

1984-2000 Lecturer Department of African linguistics, Leiden University (the Netherlands)
1990: Fulbright scholar, Dept. of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley (USA)
1995-1997: Visiting Professor African Studies, University Ghent (Belgium)
1998: Visiting scholar, Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, Australian National University, Canberra
December 2005-April 2006: Distinguished visiting scholar, Institute for Advanced Studies and Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia)
2000-present: Professor of African Studies, University of Cologne

Supervision of doctoral dissertations

see list

Current research projects

2006-2011: Susan Alamin, Abeer Bashir, Meike Meerpohl, Abdelrahim Mugaddam, Gertrud Schneider-Blum. A multi-media documentation of Tima (Volkswagen-Stiftung)
2009-2011: Beniam Mitiku. The Harari Language (German Academic Exchange Service)
2009-2012: John Vanderelst. The Dagik Language (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
2011-2014: Mumin, Meikal . The Chimwiini Language (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
2011-2013: Birgit Hellwig, Gertrud Schneider-Blum. Documenting Tabaq: a Hill Nubian language of the Sudan, in its sociolinguistic context (The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project, London)
2012-2015: Nico Nassenstein. The Rufumbira Language (DAAD, Cusanuswerk)
2013-2016: Bastian Persohn. The Verb in Nyakyusa (a.r.t.e.s Graduate School for the Humanities, Universität zu Köln)
2013-2016: Steffen Lorenz. Multilingual Communication and Social Diversification: Urbanization and Language Change in Gulu, Northern Uganda (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung)
2014-2017: Maren Rüsch. Conversational Strategies in Acholi (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

Research interests

Comparative study of African languages, anthropological linguistics, descriptive and documentary linguistics, language typology

Awards

2005: Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America
2013: Corresponding Member of the Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer, Belgium
2013: Leo Spitzer Prize for excellent research, University of Cologne









Recent publications

  • Dimmendaal, Gerrit J.
    • 2004. Morphologie. In Bernd Heine and Derek Nurse (eds.), Langues Africaines. pp. 193-229. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.
    • 2004. Capacity building in an African context. In Peter Austin (ed.), Language Description and Language Documentation Vol. 2, pp. 71-89. London: SOAS.
    • 2005. Head marking, dependent marking and constituent order in the Nilotic area. In: F.K. Erhard Voeltz (ed.), Studies in African Linguistic Typology, pp. 71-92. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    • 2005. Entries on Nilo-Saharan, The Central Sudanic languages, The peoples known as Mimi. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
    • 2006. Dinka. In: Keith Brown (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 3:596. Oxford: Elsevier.
    • 2006. Kanuri. In: Keith Brown (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 6:154-155. Oxford: Elsevier.
    • 2006. Luo. In: Keith Brown (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 7:340-341. Oxford: Elsevier.
    • 2006. Nilo-Saharan. In: Keith Brown (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 8:638-642. Oxford: Elsevier.
    • 2006. Nilo-Saharan. In: Keith Brown (ed.), International Encyclo­pedia of Language and Linguistics 8:638-642. Oxford: Elsevier.
    • 2006. Songai. In: Keith Brown (ed.), International 2006. Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 11:514-515. Oxford: Elsevier.
    • 2007. The Wadi Howar diaspora: Linking linguistic diffusion to palaeoclimatological and archaeological findings. In: Olaf Bubenzer, Andreas Bolten, and Frank Darius (eds.), Atlas of Cultural and Environmental Change in Arid Africa, pp. 148-149. Cologne: Heinrich-Barth-Institut.
    • 2007. Africa’s verb-final languages. In: Bernd Heine and Derek Nurse (eds.), A Linguistic Geography of Africa, pp. 271-307. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • 2007. Historical linguistics. In John Middleton and Joseph C. Miller (eds.), New Encyclopedia of Africa Vol. 3, pp. 312-315. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons.
    • 2007. Nyangatom. In Siegert Uhlig et al. (eds.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica.III, pp. 1131-1132. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
    • 2007. Nilo-Saharan. In Siegert Uhlig et al. (eds.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica.III, pp. 1182-118. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
    • 2007. Nilotic. In Siegert Uhlig et al. (eds.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica.III, pp. 1185-1186 . Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
    • 2007. Nuer. In Siegert Uhlig et al. (eds.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica.III, pp. 1197-1199. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
    • 2007. Eastern Sudanic and the Wadi Howar and Wadi El Milk diaspora. Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika 18:37-67.
    • 2008. Language ecology and linguistic diversity on the African continent. Language and Linguistics Compass 2(5): 840-858.
    • 2008. The historical development of Nilotic: A testcase for cladistic and rhizotic models of language change. Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika 19:31-66.
    • 2008. But Steven Pinker said … In Theresa Hanske, Dejan Matic, and Christoph Benden (eds.), Studies in Ugabuga. Festschrift for Hans-Jürgen Sasse, pp. 67-70. Cologne: Institut für Linguistik, Universität zu Köln.
    • 2009 (ed.). Coding Participant Marking: Construction Types in Twelve African African Languages. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
    • 2009. Introduction. In Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (ed.), Coding Participant Marking. Construction Types in Twelve African Languages , pp. 1-22. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
    • 2009. Tama. In Dimmendaal (ed.),Coding Participant Marking: Construction Types in Twelve African Languages , pp. 307-331. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
    • 2009. Tima. In Dimmendaal (ed.), Coding Participant Marking: Construction Types in Twelve African Languages, pp. 338-355. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
    • 2009. Datives in Nilotic in a typological perspective. Afrikanistik-Online.
    • 2010. Esoterogeny and localist strategies in a Nuba Mountain community Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika 20. 75-95.
    • 2010. On the origin of ergativity in Tima. In Frank Floricic (ed.), Essais de typologie et de linguistique générale: Mélanges offerts à Denis Creissels, pp. 233-239. Lyon: Presses Universitaires de l’École Normale Superieure.
    • 2010. Differential Object Marking in Nilo-Saharan. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 31: 13-46.
    • 2010. Turkana. In Siegert Uhlig et al. (eds.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica IV, pp. 1003-1004. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
    • 2010. Perception and the invisible hand among Teso-Turkana groups. Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika 21: 35-49.
    • 2010. Language description and “the new paradigm”: What linguists may learn from ethnocinematographers. Language Documentation and Conservation 4: 152-158.
    • 2010. Ditransitive constructions in Tima. In Bernard Comrie, Martin Haspelmath and Andrej Melchikov (eds.), Studies in Ditransitive Constructions: A Comparative Handbook, pp. 204-220.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
    • 2011. Le turkana. In Emilio Bonvini, Joeálle Busuttil et Alain Peyraube(eds.), Dictionnaire des langues, pp. 213-224. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.
    • 2011. Historical Linguistics and the Comparative Study of African Languages. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
    • 2012. Übersetzen. A.R.T.E.S Jahrbuch 2011: 67-71.
    • 2012. Metrical structures: A neglected property of Nilotic (and other African language families). Studies in Nilotic Linguistics 5: 1-26.
    • 2012. Marked nominative systems in Eastern Sudanic and their historical origin. Afrikanistik Online
    • 2014. The grammar of knowledge in Tima. In Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon (ed.), The Grammar of Knowledge.Leiden: Brill.
    • 2014. Pluractionality and the distribution of number across categories. In Anne Storch and Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (eds.), Number: Constructions and Semantics. Case Studies from Africa, Amazonia, India and Oceania, pp. 57-75. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
    • To appear. Attitude markers in Nilotic in a cross-linguistic perspective. Studies in Nilotic Linguistics 6.
    • To appear. The grammaticalization of mood and modality in Omotic: A typological perspective. In: Azeb Amha et al. (eds.), Mood and Modality in Omotic. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe.
    • To appear. Different cultures, different attitudes – but how different is “the African situation” really? In Essegbey, James, Brent Henderson, and Fiona McLaughlin (eds.), Language Revitalization: An African Perspective.
    • To appear. Where have all the noun classes gone in Tima? In Carole de Féral, Maarten Kossmann, and Mauro Tosco (eds.), Hommage à Robert Nicolai. Paris:
    • To appear. Nilo-Saharan. In Rainer Vossen (ed.), Handbook of African Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • To appear. Linguistic isolates. In Rainer Vossen (ed.), Handbook of African Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • To appear. Baale. In Rainer Vossen (ed.), Handbook of African Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • To appear. Derivation in Nilo-Saharan. In Rochel Lieber and Pavol Štekauer (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Derivation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • To appear. Nilo-Saharan. In Raymond Hackley (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Areal Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • To appear. Language diversification and contact in Africa. In Mily Crevelt, Jean-Marie Hombert and Pieter Muysken (eds.), Language Dispersal, Diversification and Contact. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • To appear. Semantic categorization and cognition. In Nancy Bonvillain (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology. London: Routledge.
  • Alamin, Suzan, Dimmendaal, Gerrit J., Gertrud Schneider-Blum.
    • 2012. Finding your way in Tima. In Angelika Mietzner and Ulrike Claudi (eds.), Directionality in Grammar and Discourse: Case Studies from Africa, pp. 9-33. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe.
  • Azeb Amha and Gerrit J. Dimmendaal.
    • 2005. Depictive secondary predicates in Nilotic and Omotic: an areal comparison. In Eva Schultze-Berndt and Nikolaus Himmelmann (eds.), Secondary Predication and Adverbial Modification: The Typology of Depictives , pp. 299-321. Oxford : Oxford University Press.
    • 2005. Verbal compounding in Wolaitta. In: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon (eds.), Serial Verb Constructions: A Cross-linguistic Typology, pp. 319-337. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • 2006. Converbs from an African perspective. In: Felix K. Ameka, Alan Dench and Nick Evans (eds.) Catching language: Issues in Grammar Writing, pp. 393-440. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Dimmendaal, Gerrit J., and Manuela Noske
    • 2004. Turkana. In: Geert Booij and Christian Lehmann (eds.), Morphology: A Handbook of Inflection and Wordformation, pp. 1507-1518. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Mugaddam, Abdel Rahim and Gerrit J. Dimmendaal
    • 2006. Sudan: Linguistic situation. In: Keith Brown (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 12:265-270. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Dimmendaal, Gerrit J. and F.K. Erhard Voeltz
    • 2007. Endangered languages of Africa and the Middle East. In: Chris Moseley (ed.), Encyclopaedia of the World’s Endangered Languages, pp. 579-634. London: Routledge.
  • Creissels, Denis, Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Christa König
    • 2007. Africa as a morphosyntactic area. In: Bernd Heine and Derek Nurse (eds.), A Linguistic Geography of Africa, pp. 86-150. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Schneider-Blum, Gertrud, and Gerrit J. Dimmendaal.
    • 2013. Excite your senses: Glances into the world of perception and cognition in Tima. In Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Anne Storch (eds.), Perception and Cognition, pp. 215-250. Leiden: Brill.
  • Storch, Anne, and Gerrit J. Dimmendaal.