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General Linguistics
Department of Linguistics
D-50923 Cologne

Tel: +49-221-470-3889
Fax: +49-221-470-5947


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E-Mail: bhellwig(at)

Curriculum Vitae

since 2014 Lichtenberg Professor (Language Documentation and Psycholinguistics), University of Cologne


Project: Documenting child language: The Qaqet Baining of Papua New Guinea

2010–2014 Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Language Diversity, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Melbourne


Projects on Qaqet (Papuan, Papua New Guinea) and Tabaq (Nilo-Saharan, Sudan)

2008–2010 Junior Professor (Linguistics: Language Documentation), Universität Erfurt
2006–2008 Postdoc, Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University, Melbourne


Project: Description of Katla (Kordofanian, Sudan)

2003–2005 Postdoc, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


Project: Documentation of Goemai, a West Chadic language of Central Nigeria

2003 PhD (Linguistics) at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University Nijmegen: The grammatical coding of postural semantics in Goemai (a West Chadic language of Nigeria)


M.A. (African Linguistics) at the Universität Hamburg: Sprachwandel durch Sprachkontakt: Möglichkeiten der Rekonstruktion am Beispiel westtschadischer Sprachen