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Zofia Podobińska

Zofia Podobińska, Ph.D.


1983-85, two years scholarship, University of Alger.

1986, M.A. in African Studies: "Causative constructions in Swahili"; supervisor: Dr Eugeniusz Rzewuski.

2000, Ph.D. in African Studies: "Politeness in Directive Speech Acts in Swahili"; supervisor: Prof. Stanisław Piłaszewicz.

1992/93, fellowship, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris (France).

2002, fellowship in Tanzania.


Founding Member of the Polish Association of African Studies; African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA, RSA).


28th Feb., 2002 - presented the Department of African Languages and Cultures and her ongoing research in the Institute of Kiswahili Research, University of Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania);

March, 2002 - reported at the staff meeting on her stay in Tanzania;

10th-12th May, 2002 - presented the paper "How Are Directives Formulated in Swahili? (Strategy Types and the Status of the Participants of an Interaction)" during the 15th Swahili-Kolloquium, Universität Bayreuth (Germany).

November 2002 - Participated in Conference "Auger in Culture" Warsaw University


Swahili language.

Ongoing research

Speech conventions in Swahili.