Iwona Kraska-Szlenk

Iwona Kraska-Szlenk, Ph.D.

 

Research areas

Swahili language, culture and literature, cognitive linguistics, frequency, corpus studies, issues of language and culture, analogy. 

 

Academic degrees

2008 Dr. Habil. in Linguistics (University of Warsaw). Book Analogy: The Relation between Lexicon and Grammar (published by LINCOM Europa, 2007)

1995 Ph.D. in Linguistics (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): Thesis The Phonology of Stress in Polish (the degree nostrified by the University of Warsaw in 1997)

1992 M.A. in Linguistics (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): Qualification Examinations

1987 M.A. in African Studies (University of Warsaw). Thesis: The Directive Form in Swahili. A Semanto-Syntactic Study

 

Academic work experience

1997-present Adiunkt, Department of African Languages and Cultures, University of Warsaw

1991-1994 Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1989-1991 Research Assistant, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1988–1997 Assistant, Department of African Languages and Cultures, University of Warsaw (1989-1996 on leave for doctoral studies in USA)

 

Academic functions

2017-present  Head of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, University of Warsaw

2012-present  Head of Language Lab, Oriental Faculty, University of Warsaw

 

International scholarships and research stays

2016 Tanzania, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, one-month research stay (NCN grant)

2015 Australia, James Cook University, one-month research stay (invitation of Language and Culture Research Centre of James Cook University at Cairns)

2012 Kenia, two-week research stay (own funding)

2008 Tanzania, three-week research stay (own funding)

1992 one-month FLEP scholarship (Shona language), Michigan State University

1989-1991 two-year fellowship, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1986/87 ten-month scholarship (Swahili language), University of Dar-es-Salaam

1982-84 two-year scholarship (Arabic language), L’Institut Bourgiba des Langues Vivantes

 

Grants

2016-2019 Multilingual Semantic Lexicon of Body Part Terms, NCN grant no 2015/19/B/HS2/01573 (Principal Investigator)

2011-2013  Lexicon-Metaphor-Culture: the Body and Conceptualization in Languages of Europe, Africa and Asia, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education grant no N N104 387640 (Principal Investigator)

 

International conference organization

Africa Days 2017: Language and Culture Interface, University of Warsaw, May 23rd, 2017 (with Izabela Will)

Current Research in African Studies (In Honour of Dr. Eugeniusz Rzewuski), University of Warsaw, May 16th, 2014 (with Beata Wójtowicz)

Body in Language: Lexicon, Metaphor, Grammar, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, October 21-22, 2011 (with Matthias Brenzinger, University of Cologne)

 

International conference presentations (since 2011)

“Metonymy in extending the body part ‘head’ in mental and social domains”, 46th Poznań Linguistic Meeting, September 15-17, 2016

“Derivation and semantic autonomy: A corpus study of Polish głowa ‘head’ and its diminutive główka” (with Beata Wójtowicz), 46th Poznań Linguistic Meeting, September 15-17, 2016

“Swahili kinship terms in the reversed use”, Swahili Colloquium, University of Bayreuth,31 May – 2 June,  2015

“Subtle racism in Polish discourse strategies”, New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics, University of Łódź, 12-14 April, 2015

“The concept of location expressed by the suffix -ni and other spatial constructions in Swahili”, Concepts of Concept: Perspectives Across Languages and Disciplines, Zurich, September 10 -11, 2014

“The Somali language in research and communication” (with Elmi Abdi), Horn of Africa: Script – Identity – Development, Warsaw, November 30, 2011

Semantic extensions of body part terms: a corpus-based approach”, Body in Language: Lexicon, Metaphor, Grammar, Warsaw, October 21-22, 2011

“Expressing positive emotions through ‘reversal’ strategies”, The Stockholm 2011 Metaphor Festival, Stockholm, September 8-10, 2011

 

Teaching experience

University of Warsaw:

Courses on general linguistics, language and culture interface, African linguistics, issues in cognitive linguistics, Swahili language, Swahili literature

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign:

Courses of the Swahili language of different levels, an intermediate course of Polish

 

Other activities

member of Polskie Towarzystwo Afrykanistyczne, member of Editorial Boards: Przegląd Orientalistyczny and Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, regularly reviewing for international and Polish linguistic journals

 

Chosen publications

Books:

2016 (editor, translation, introduction). Opowieści na werandzie. Wybór z literatury suahili XIX wieku, Warszawa: Elipsa. 128 pp.

2015 (editor). Nipe kalamu: Odsłony dawnej literatury suahili. Warszawa: Elipsa. 158 pp.

2014 Semantics of Body Part Terms: General Trends and a Case Study of Swahili. LINCOM Studies in Semantics 6. München: LINCOM Europa. 236 pp. [Reviewed by Kelsie Pattillo on Linguist List, Nov 11, 2015]

2014 (co-editor, with Matthias Brenzinger). The Body in Language: Comparative Studies of Linguistic Embodiment. Brill Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture 8. Leiden: Brill. 382 pp.

2014 (co-editor, with Beata Wójtowicz). Current Research in African Studies: Papers in Honour of Mwalimu Eugeniusz Rzewuski. Warszawa: Elipsa. 428 pp.

2007 Analogy: The Relation between Lexicon and Grammar. LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 38. München: LINCOM Europa. 215 pp.

2003  The phonology of stress in Polish. LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 23. München: Lincom Europa, 120 pp. [Reviewed by Mark J. Elson in Language 2005:780]

1998 (with R. Ohly and Z. Podobińska), Język suahili [The Swahili Language], Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Akademickie DIALOG, 165 pp.

 

Journal articles and book chapters:

2015 „Nyumba ‘dom’ w języku i kulturze suahili” [Nyumba ‘house’ in Swahili language and culture]. In: Jerzy Bartmiński, Iwona Bielińska-Gardziel, Beata Żywicka (eds.), Leksykon aksjologiczny Słowian i ich sąsiadów, Lublin: Wydawnictwo UMCS. 433-447.  [Reprinted with slight changes from Etnolingwistyka 22: 145-160]

2015 (with Michał Głowacki) „Poezja miłosna w tradycji Fumo Liongo”, in: Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (ed.), Nipe kalamu. Odsłony dawnej literatury suahili. Warszawa: Elipsa. 102-127.

2015 „Zarys historii literatury suahili do początków XX wieku”, in: Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (ed.), Nipe kalamu. Odsłony dawnej literatury suahili. Warszawa: Elipsa. 9-53.

2014 Semantic extensions of body part terms: Common patterns and their interpretation. Language Sciences 44: 15–39.

2014 Analogy in language use and change. In: Leszek Bednarczuk, Anna Bochnakowa i Stanisław Widłak (eds.), Linguistique romane et linguistique indo-européenne: Mélanges offerts à Witold Mańczak à l’occasion de son 90e anniversaire. Kraków: Polska Akademia Umiejętności i Instytut Filologii Romańskiej Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego. 309-317.

2014 Extending body-part terms in the domain of emotions”. In: M. Brenzinger i I. Kraska-Szlenk (eds.), The Body in Language: Comparative Studies of Linguistic Embodiment. Brill Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture 8. Leiden: Brill. 52–70.

2014 Swahili embodied metaphors in the domain of family and community relations”. W: I. Kraska-Szlenk i B. Wójtowicz (eds.), Current Research in African Studies: Papers in Honour of Mwalimu Dr. Eugeniusz Rzewuski. Warszawa: Elipsa. 163–174.

2012 (with Marzena Żygis) Phonetic and lexical gradience in Polish prefixed words, Cognitive Linguistics 23/2: 317–366.

2011 Teoria ‘nieregularnego rozwoju fonetycznego spowodowanego frekwencją’ Witolda Mańczaka i jej znaczenie dla językoznawstwa [Witold Mańczak’s  theory of ‘irregular sound change caused by frequency’ and its contribution to linguistics], Biuletyn Polskiego Towarzystwa Językoznawczego, z. LXVII: 320-329.

2010 Morphophonological reduction in Swahili: the pressure of frequency and lexical diffusion. Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures 44. Warszawa: Uniwersytet Warszawski. 83-102.

2009 Size vis-à-vis frequency: minimality and maximality constraints in Swahili. Language Sciences 31/2-3. Special issue: Michael J. Kenstowicz (ed.), Data and Theory: Papers in Phonology in Celebration of Charles W. Kisseberth. 271-284.

2009 Emotional aspects of inversion in Swahili address terms. In: Nina Pawlak (ed.), Codes and Rituals of Emotions in Asian and African Cultures, Warszawa: Elipsa. 110-127.

 

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