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Prof. Nina Pawlak

e-mail: n.pawlak@uw.edu.pl

consultations for students: Monday 13.00-14.00



Areas of research:

Hausa, Comparative Chadic studies, African linguistics, African languages and culture, African languages and communication

Geographical Area: West Africa (mainly Nigeria)


Biographical sketch

2007, Professor of Humanities (Linguistics)

1995, Habilitation: “Syntactic Markers in Chadic: A Study on Development of Grammatical Morphemes”.

1983, Ph.D. (University of Warsaw): “Structures Expressing Spatial Relations in Hausa”

1974, M.A. in African Studies (University of Warsaw): “Expressing ‘Intensity’ in Hausa Verbs”


Main research projects

2018-2022 Hausa phraseology in comparative perspective

2010-2015: Structural properties of African languages

2007-2009: Codes and rituals of emotions in Asian and African cultures

1999-2000: Hausa in convergence areas of West Africa


Academic functions and activities

2009-2015 Head of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, University of Warsaw

1999-2005 President of the Scientific Council, Institute of Oriental Studies, Universiy of Warsaw

1996-1999 Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warsaw


Member of the Polish Association of African Studies

Member of the Polish Linguistic Society

Honorary member of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria


Chief Editor of the journal Studies in African Languages and Cultures (www.salc.uw.edu.pl)



Hausa courses, African linguistics, African languages and culture (Ethnolinguistics)


Supervision of Ph.D. theses

2019, Olga Frąckiewicz, The image of African language structures in Nigerian Pidgin English

2019, Patrycja Kozieł, Kształtowanie się dyskursu feministycznego w literaturze hausa  [Formation of  the Feminist Discourse in the Hausa Literature]

2012, Isa Yusuf Chamo, The Changing Code of Communication in Hausa Films.

2010, (co-supervision with Prof. Miriam Butt) Magdalena Olejarnik, Complex Predicates in Swahili. An LFG Approach.

2006, Hafizu Miko Yakasai, Hausa Reduplication in the Process of Grammaticalization and Lexicalization

2005, Izabela Will, Syntactic Classes of Nouns in Hausa


List of publications

(including Books and monographs)


Conferences organized

2018: Symposium on West African Languages, 27-29 September 2018, University of Warsaw

2014: African Studies in Contemporary World, October 14, 2014, University of Warsaw.

2009: Języki, kultury i społeczeństwa Afryki w procesie przemian, December 9,  2009, University of Warsaw.


Translations (from Hausa to Polish)

  1. Skarb w słowach zaklęty. Księga Magana Jari Ce Abubakara Imama z komentarzem kulturowym. Przekład, redakcja i komentarz kulturowy Nina Pawlak, Warszawa: Dialog, 648 pp.

1988. Opowieści ludu Hausa [the Hausa stories], Warszawa, Nasza Księgarnia, 235 pp.