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Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
Language Centre and African Linguistics I

Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn teaches the West African language Bambara at the Language Centre of University of Bayreuth. She also teaches Phonology and Morpho-Syntax of African Languages; and Methods of Linguistic Field Research.

She studied African Linguistics; Romance Linguistics and Literature; and Pedagogical Theory at the University of Cologne. In 1987, she obtained a two-year DAAD-scholarship to study Bambara and Peul at INALCO in Paris. She participated in research projects directed by professor Gérard Dumestre on the sociolinguistic situation and functional literacy in southern Mali. In 1997, she got her PhD at the University of Bayreuth, where she held a scholarship in the frame of a graduate ‘training programme’ in ‘Intercultural Relations in Africa’ financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Her thesis deals with contact phenomena between the Mande language Bambara and the Senufo language Minyanka spoken in southern Mali for which she was rewarded with the University Award of the city of Bayreuth.

In July 2006, she got a scholarship at the Max-Planck-Institut of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. She has taught Bambara at the University of Bayreuth, Mainz and Frankfurt; and has participated in diverse research projects: including, among others, the project “The Effects of Globalisation on Languages in West African cities” - in the frame of the Humanities Collaborative Research Centre “Local Action in the context of global Influences” (SFB/FK 560); and in the DFG project “The language of the Karaboro” - directed by Professor Gudrun Miehe.

In May 2019, Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn got her habilitation in African Linguistics.Since February 2019 she participates in a research project on Language and migration at the Goethe University Frankfurt. It is entitled "Afrikaner*innen im Rhein-Main-Gebiet: ein afrikalinguistisches Forschungsprojekt zu sprachlicher Integration" (Africans in the Rhine-Main Region: an African linguistics project on linguistic integration) directed by Prof. Dr. Axel Fleisch, Goethe University Frankfurt and Prof. Dr. Nico Nassenstein, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn is married and has two adult children.

Consultation hours: Monday 3 - 4 p.m. upon appointment.

Academic Degrees

2019Venia Legendi (Habilitation) in African Linguistics

1997Doctorate in African Studies, University of Bayreuth

1991Magister degree in African Studies, University of Cologne

Professional Background

Since 02/2019

Researcher at the Institute of African Linguistics, Goethe University Frankfurt

Since 2008Lecturer in Bambara, the University of Bayreuth's Language Centre (part-time)

2006 – 2012Research Associate, DFG-funded project “The Language of the Karaboro”, University of Bayreuth

2001 – 2006Research Associate (part-time) in Project A1 "Effects of globalization processes on the vitality of languages in West African cities“, SFB/FK 560, “Local Action in Africa in the Context of Global Developments”, University of Bayreuth

2000 – 2001Assistant to the Management, International Youth Festspieltreffen Bayreuth

10/2000 – 2/2001Parental leave

1996 – 1999Research Associate, Bambara lecturer, Language Centre, University of Bayreuth

1991 – 1993Employee in the documentation centre and library of the German UNESCO-Commission, Bonn



Co-editor of the journal Mandenkan (Révue d’ètudes linguistiques des langues mandé)


Short term lecturer of African Linguistics at the Université des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Bamako, Mali, financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

7/2006Postdoc scholarship at the Max Planck Institute Leipzig, Prof. B. Comrie's research group

1997University Award of the city of Bayreuth
1993 – 1996DFG doctoral scholarship in the research training group "Intercultural Relations in Africa" at the University of Bayreuth
1987– 1989DAAD scholarship to study at INALCO Paris
Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
Language Centre and African Linguistics I

Regional Focus:

  • Burkina Faso
  • Mali

Research Topics:

  • Gur languages (esp. Senufo)
  • Mande languages
  • Language Description
  • Morphology and Syntax
  • Grammaticalization
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Urban Languages
  • Multilingualism - Language and Migration
  • Literacy
  • Oral Literature


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Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
Language Centre and African Linguistics I


Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
Language Centre and African Linguistics I

PD Dr. Klaudia Dombrowsky-Hahn
Bambara Teacher, Linguist

University of Bayreuth
Language Centre
95440 Bayreuth
Room 0.17, B3 building

Phone: Phone: 0921 55-2215
E-mail: klaudia.hahn(at)uni-bayreuth.de

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