Janika Kunzmann, M.A.

E-Mail: jkunzman@uni-mainz.de
Promotionsfach: Afrikanistik
Dissertationstitel/Arbeitstitel: A grammar of Mbum, an Adamawa language of Northern Cameroon
Fach-/Arbeitsbereich: FB 07: Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaft
Mentor an der JGU: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nico Nassenstein
Thema der Dissertation:
In the course of my dissertation, I want to develop a comprehensive and up-to-date grammar of the Adamawa language Mbum spoken in northern Cameroon. Like many African languages, Mbum has only been documented and analyzed to a certain extent, particularly with regard to its phonological properties. My descriptive-linguistic study of Mbum should contribute to a more precise classification and enable a linguistic-theoretical and comparative examination of the Adamawa language.
10/2019 – 11/2022 Master of Arts in Empirical Linguistics (Major: African Linguistics), Goethe-University Frankfurt
Thesis: A phonological study of urban Mbum (Kebi-Benue, Adamawa)
Final grade: 1.1
Since 10/2019 Master of Arts in Modern East Asian Studies, Goethe-University Frankfurt
04/2014 – 10/2019 Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Ethnology, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Thesis: Vergleich derivativer Prozesse am Verb in der afrikanischen Jugendsprache Yanké und ihrer Basissprache Lingála
Final grade: 1.3
03/2021 – 09/2021
Semester abroad at Osaka University, Japan
02/2017 – 07/2017
Semester abroad at Nelson Mandela-University in Gqeberha, South Africa
10/2022 Sociolinguistic field research on language contact and the Adamawa language Mbum in Cameroon
11/2021 – 12/2021 Descriptive-linguistic field research on the Bantu language Bangala in Uganda
01/2021 – 09/2021 Multi-phase digital research on Mbum with collaborators from Cameroon
10/2020 – 02/2021 Tutor for the undergraduate seminar “Einführung in die allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft”, Institute of Empirical Linguistics, Goethe-University Frankfurt
01/2020 – 09/2020, since 10/2021 Student Assistant in the DFG project “Language use and linguistic variation in multilingual speaker groups in Ngaoundéré (North-Cameroon) (I & II)”, Institute of African Studies, Goethe-University Frankfurt
11/2017 – 03/2018 Tutor for the undergraduate seminar “Einführung in die Sprachstrukturen der Erde”, Department of English and Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
07/12/2022 “Describing an understudied language of Northern Cameroon: Prominent phonetic and phonological features of Mbum (Adamawa)”, Phonology Colloquium in Frankfurt am Main
09/11/2022 “Preliminary findings on the phonology of Mbum (Adamawa)”, LLACAN Colloquium at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, France
01/10/2022 “Innovative linguistic strategies: Innovation through new combination in African youth languages”, “What is Innovation?” – Youth languages and morphosyntactic variation Workshop in Mainz
31/08/2022 “Mbum (Adamawa) nouns and verbs: Tone patterns and (puzzling) alternations”, 51 Colloquium of African Languages and Linguistics (CALL) in Leiden, Netherlands
10/06/2022 “Verbal derivation in the youth language Yanké: Morphosyntactic deviation from Lingala”, 9th International Conference on Bantu Languages in Blantyre, Malawi
2023 Klaus Beyer & Janika Kunzmann: Retracing labial-velar consonants in Mbum (Adamawa): Between genetic transmission and language contact. Afrika und Übersee.
2022  Review: Meeuwis, Michael (2020): A grammatical overview of Lingála: Revised and expanded edition. Afrikanistik Aegyptologie Online.
2022  Diverging verb derivational strategies in the youth language Yanké. In Cynthia Groff, Andrea Hollington, Ellen Hurst-Harosh, Nico Nassenstein, Jacomine Nortier, Helma Pasch & Nurenzia Yannuar (eds.): Global perspectives on youth language practices. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 49-66.
10/2022 Grant (travel expenses) for a field research stay in Cameroon, awarded by Sulzmann-Stiftung
05/2021 – 09/2021 Scholarship for a semester abroad at Osaka University, awarded by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
03/2021 – 09/2021 Scholarship (PROMOS) for a semester abroad at Osaka University, awarded by DAAD
04/2020 Award for the best thesis in the field of African linguistics in German-speaking countries in 2019, awarded by Fachverband Afrikanistik e.V.