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Victoria Nyst

Senior University Lecturer

Dr. V.A.S. Nyst
+31 71 527 2208

Victoria Nyst is a university lecturer whose research interests include sign language documentation and description, lexicography, linguistic iconicity, and the gesture-sign language interface. She is a member of the Departmental Teaching Committee for the BA Linguistics.

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My name is Victoria (name sign), V-I-C-T-O-R-I-A   N-Y-S-T 
I work at Leiden University, doing research on sign languages in Africa.

Research projects


A webportal for African Sign Language presenting the corpora of four African sign languages developed at the University of Leiden and brings together general information on African sign languages:

An e-group discussing issues related to Deaf Studies in Africa:

Organization of international meetings on African sign languages, see:

Wall poem in Sign Language of the Netherlands.   

World Cultural Council (WCC) Special Recognition Award

3 Humanities scholars receive Special Recognition Award

Teaching activities

Linguistic field methods, Language Typology, Introduction Languages & Cultures of Africa, Culture: Africa (BA Descriptive linguistics & Languages and cultures of Africa, Leiden University, International Studies).
(Occasionally: Sign language documentation, Introduction into sign linguistics, Linguistic iconicity, Sociolinguistics of sign languages, Sign language typology).

Curriculum vitae

Born in Domburg, The Netherlands. Studied African Linguistics at Leiden University, specializing in sign languages.

Degrees held:

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2007 from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with a thesis on an endangered sign language from Ghana, “A descriptive analysis of Adamorobe Sign Language (Ghana)”, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Anne E. Baker, Prof. Dr. Maarten Mous and Dr. Roland Pfau.
  • M.A. in African Linguistics from the University of Leiden in 1999.

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Senior University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL T&C van Afrika

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 0.23



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