Nadine Grimm

Nadine Grimm


  • Assistant Professor of Linguistics
  • Director of Language Documentation and Description Program
  • Co-Director of Grammar and Variation Lab
  • On leave for the 23-24 academic year

PhD, Humboldt University Berlin, 2015

509 Lattimore Hall

Office Hours: Thursday 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and by appointment

Curriculum Vitae



Professor Nadine Grimm joined the Department of Linguistics in October 2014.

Interests: Descriptive linguistics, Language documentation and description, African languages, Fieldwork, Typology, Language contact and change

PhD in African Linguistics [magna cum laude]. 2015. Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, Department of Asian and African Studies. Dissertation: A Grammar of Gyeli. Advisors: Prof. Tom Güldemann and Prof. Maarten Mous

MA in African Studies, German Linguistics, and French. April 2006 - February 2010. Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, Department of Asian and African Studies. Thesis: The Numeral System of Ikaan.

BA in General Linguistics and French. October 2002 - March 2006. University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Projects and Grants:

  • NSF BCS-1535846: Causality Across Language. August 2015 - current. Role: Collaborator, PI: Prof. Jürgen Bohnemeyer, SUNY Buffalo.
  • Volkswagen Foundation "DoBeS" (Documentation of Endangered Languages) Project on Bakola/Bagyeli (Cameroon). Research Grant. April 2010 - August 2014.
  • Hans Rausing Foundation: Endangered Languages Project on Ikaan (Nigeria).
  • Fieldwork Grant. January - March 2008.
  • Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes). February 2007 - December 2009.

Research Overview

Research Interests

  • Grammatical tone
  • Language documentation and description
  • Typology
  • African languages, particularly Bantu

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • LING 387:  Topics in Linguistic Research
  • LING 389:  Senior Seminar
  • LING 104:  Language and Culture
  • LING 270/470:  Two Suitcases and a Microphone
  • LING  271/471:  Field Methods in Linguistic Description 1
  • LING 272/472 :  Field Methods in Linguistic Description 2

Selected Publications

  • Grimm, Nadine. A Grammar of Gyeli. In preparation. Dissertation defense version from 2015.
  • Grimm, Nadine. Implosives in Bantu A80? The case of Gyeli. In press. Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of African Linguistics.
  • Grimm, Nadine. (2014) Color categories in language contact: “Pygmy” hunter-gatherers and Bantu farmers. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 38, 31-45. Berkeley Linguistic Society. Berkeley, CA.
  • Borchardt, Nadine. (2012) Agreement in Ikaan compound numerals. In: Brenzinger, Matthias & Anne-Maria Fehn (Ed.). Proceedings of the 6th WOCAL World Congress of African Linguistics. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe.
  • Borchardt, Nadine. (2011) The numeral system of Ikaan, a Benue-Congo language of Nigeria. Asien- und Afrikastudien der Humboldt-Unversität zu Berlin. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.