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: N/A (On leave at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin, Germany for the academic year 2023-24)

Curriculum Vitae


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

Research interests: Grammatical tone, language documentation and description, typology, African languages (particularly Bantu)

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.

Awards and grants:

  • Leonard Bloomfield Book Award of the Linguistic Society of America 2023 for "A grammar of Gyeli"
  • Panini Award of the Association for Linguistic Typology 2019 for (the dissertation version of) "A grammar of Gyeli"
  • NSF BCS-1535846: Causality Across Language. August 2015 - February 2023. 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.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • LING 104:  Language and Culture
  • LING 270/470:  Preserving Diversity in Language & Culture
  • LING 387:  Topics in Linguistic Research
  • LING 389:  Senior Seminar
  • LING 471:  LDD Field Methods

Selected Publications

  • Grimm, Nadine. Accepted. Negation in Gyeli. In Miestamo, Matti & Ljuba Veselinova (Eds.), Negation in the languages of the world: Typologically and functionally based descriptions, Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Grimm, Nadine. Bare nouns and reference tracking in Gyeli (Bantu). Forthcoming. In Armoskaite, Solveiga & Martina Wiltschko (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Determiners, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Botne, Robert, Malin Petzell & Nadine Grimm. (2023) Temporal status vs. timescape status in Kami and Gyeli. In Botne, Robert & Axel Fanego (Eds.), Domains and regions in Bantu tense and aspect, pp. 77-103, Köln: Rüdiger Köppe.
  • Grimm, Nadine. (2022) Exponence and the functional load of grammatical tone in Gyeli. Phonology 39(3):473-501. doi:
  • Grimm, Nadine. (2022) Documentary approaches to lexicography. In Ekpenyong, Moses & Imelda Udoh (Eds.), Current issues in descriptive linguistics and digital humanities: A Festschrift in honour of Professor Eno-Abasi Urua, pp. 551-567. Singapore: Springer.
  • Grimm, Nadine. (2021). A Grammar of Gyeli. Comprehensive Grammar Library 2. Berlin: Language Science Press. (recipient of the Panini Award of the Association for Linguistic Typology 2019 and the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award of the Linguistic Society of America 2023) [monograph]
  • Grimm, Nadine. (2020) Descriptive and documentary dimensions of Gyeli numerals. In Vander Wal, Jenneke & Heleen Smits & Sara Petrollino & Victoria Nyst & Maarten Kossmann (Eds.), Explorations in African languages and linguistics in honour of Maarten Mous, pp. 371-393. Leiden: Africa Studies Centre Occasional Publications.
  • Grimm, Nadine, Emmanuel Ngue Um & Daniel Duke. (2020) A documentation of the Bagyeli/ Bakola forest foragers of Cameroon. Nijmegen: MPI, The Language Archive. Handle: [curated linguistic dataset]
  • Grimm, Nadine. Implosives in Bantu A80? The case of Gyeli. In press. Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of African Linguistics.
  • Grimm, Nadine. (2017) Causality Across Languages (CAL): Gyeli. London: SOAS University of London, Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: [curated linguistic dataset]
  • Grimm, Nadine. A Grammar of Gyeli. In preparation. Dissertation defense version from 2015.
  • 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. (2011) The numeral system of Ikaan, a Benue-Congo language of Nigeria. Asien- und Afrikastudien der Humboldt-Unversität zu Berlin. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.