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Maarten Kossmann

Professor Berber Studies

Name
Prof.dr. M.G. Kossmann
Telephone
+31 71 527 2649
E-mail
m.g.kossmann@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Fields of interest

  • Contact linguistics
  • Descriptive linguistics, esp. of the languages in and around the Sahara (maghrib, Sahel, Sudan)
  • Historical linguistics of Berber
  • Text analysis, esp. of oral narratives

 

Research

  • The analysis of language contact in Northern Africa and the Sahel zone, esp. Northern Berber in contact with Arabic and Northern Songhay in contact with Tuareg
  • Historical and typological comparison of Berber languages
  • Descriptive linguistics (esp. Berber and Songhay)
  • The analysis of Berber oral narrative texts

 

Teaching activiteis

  • General linguistics courses on morphology, phonetics, text genres, language and history
  • Courses on African and north-African linguistics and culture

 

Curriculum Vitae

5-2-1966 Born in Zuidlaren (Dr)
1972-1984 Schooling in Groningen.
1984-1989 Study of Semitic and Comparative Linguistics in Leiden
1990-2012 Several research positions (1x PhD position, 4x PostDoc position). Fieldwork in Morocco and Niger
1994 PhD defense (supervisor: F.H.H. Kortlandt, co-supervisor:
H.J. Stroomer)
2005-2009 Half-time position as studies’ coordinator.
2003-2012 Half-time position as University Teacher at the department Languages and Cultures of Africa.
since 2012 Full-time position as University Teacher

 

Key publications

2011. A Grammar of Ayer Tuareg (Niger). Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 188 p.

2010. Parallel System Borrowing: Parallel morphological systems due to the borrowing of paradigms, Diachronica, 27/3, p. 459-487.

2000. A Study of Eastern Moroccan Fairy Tales. Folklore Fellows’ Communications, No. 274. Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 152 p.

1999. Essai sur la phonologie historique du berbère, Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 316 p.

1997. Grammaire du parler berbère de Figuig (Maroc oriental), Paris-Louvain: Peeters, 554 p.

University Lecturer

Professor Berber Studies

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