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Izabela Will, Ph.D.



List of publications (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2797-1160)


Research areas

Hausa language and culture, co-speech gestures, cognitive linguistics


Academic eductation

2005, Ph.D., African linguistics, University of Warsaw

2002, scholarship (Erasmus), Department of Linguistics, SOAS, London

2001, M.A., African languages and cultures, University of Warsaw

1988-1999, scholarship (Ministry of National Education) Faculty of Art, Cairo University, Egypt


Functions and activities

Member (and the Secretary from 2017 to 2021) of the Polish Association of African Studies and the International Society of Gesture Studies

Member of the Editorial Board of “Afryka” and “Studies in African Languages and Cultures”


Research Projects

2015 participating in the project SIC (Modułowy wielozadaniowy System Identyfikacji Cudzoziemców wraz z modułem analizy ryzyka ofiar przestępstwa handlu ludźmi), writing the report about cultural aspects of criminality with regard to foreigners from Nigeria

2013-2014 participating in the project POIG (Adaptacyjny system wspomagający rozwiązywanie problemów w oparciu o analizę treści dostępnych źródeł elektronicznych), semantic annotation

2012 participating in the project ATLAS (Applied Technology for Language-Aided CMS), linguist

2007-2010 participating in the project “National Corpus of Polish”, linguist and coordinator

2003-2005 main investigator in the project “Syntactic Classes of Nouns in Hausa” (grant no 1 H01D 010 26, State Committee for Scientific Research)


Conferences with papers

2021, The 3rd Cultural Linguistics International Conference (CLIC-2021), Budapest, Hungary

2020, International Conference on Hausa within Chadic Studies in the 21st Century, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria

2018, The 3rd Symposium on West African Languages, Uniwersytet Warszawski; The Body as a Toolbox. The Grammaticalization of Body Parts in Tool Functions, Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany; 8th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies: Gesture and Diversity, Cape Town, SAR; V Kongres Afrykanistów Polskich, Huta Szklana/Święty Krzyż, Poland

2017 Body Part Terms in Linguistic Usage: A Comparative and Typological Perspective, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Poland

2016 Poznań Linguistic Meeting, Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań, Poland; 2nd Symposium on Western African Languages, Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria

2014 Język trzeciego tysiąclecia, Polska Akademia Umiejętności, Kraków, Poland; Symposium on West African Languages, Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Naples, Italy; African studies in contemporary world, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Poland; Consensus and Dissent: Negotiating emotion in the public space, Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany

2012 III Kongres Afrykanistów Polskich, Szczecin, Poland; Islam a queer. Nieheteronormatywność w kulturach muzułmańskich, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw, Poland

2011 Body in Language: Lexicon, Metaphor, Grammar and Culture, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw, Poland

2010 Sztuka Afryki w kolekcjach i badaniach polskich, Muzeum Narodowe, Szczecin, Poland; II Kongres Afrykanistów Polskich, Obra, Poland; 3rd International Conference on Hausa Studies: African and European Perspectives, Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Naples, Italy

2009 Języki, kultury i społeczeństwa Afryki w procesie przemian, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw, Poland; Categorisation of the World through Language, Serock, Poland

2006 Typology of Afroasiatic Languages, University of Colorado, Boulder/Colorado, USA; Kano-Warsaw Workshop on Hausa Studies, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw, Poland



basic and advanced courses of Hausa, African art, West African culture, linguistics, introduction to African studies