Professor Dr Bernd Heine FBA

Linguistics and African Studies

Elected 1996

Fellow type
Corresponding Fellow
Year elected

Bernd Heine is Emeritus Professor at the Institute of African Studies (Institut für Afrikanistik), University of Cologne, Germany. He is presently Yunshan Chair Professor at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China. He has held visiting professorships in Europe, Eastern Asia (Japan, Korea, China), Australia (LaTrobe University, Melbourne), Africa (University of Nairobi, University of Cape Town), North America (University of New Mexico, Dartmouth College), and South America (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro). He has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, USA (1999-2000), the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), Wassenaar (2005-2006), and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (2008-9). His present main research areas are discourse grammar, grammaticalization theory and endangered languages in Africa.

Current post

Professor Emeritus, University of Cologne

Past appointments

University of Cologne Professor Emeritus

2004 -


Auxiliaries: Cognitive Forces and Grammaticalization 1993

Cognitive Sources, Forces, and Grammaticalization 1997

Cognitive Foundations of Grammar 1997

African Languages: An introduction 2000

World Lexicon of Grammaticalization 2002

Language Contact and Grammatical Change 2005

The Changing Languages of Europe

A Linguistic Geography of Africa (CUP, 2008) with Tania Kuteva 2008

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