Dr Kristina Riedel
Senior Lecturer
Linguistics and Language Practice
23 201
Linguistics and Language Practice
Internal Box 27
051 401 7651
Stef Coetzee Building 201

Short CV

Kristina Riedel received her Ph.D. from Leiden University in 2009. She is currently a senior lecturer and head of department at the Department of Linguistics and Language Practice at the University of the Free State. Before joining UFS, Riedel was the director of the Sub-Saharan African languages program and acting director for the Center for Language Instruction and Coordination (CLIC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Between February 2009 and August 2011, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin, Germany, working on a Franco-German research project on the phonology-syntax interface in the Bantu languages. Her research interests are centered around the interactions of agreement and word order in the Bantu languages, Bantu syntax and the description of Bantu languages more generally.


Edited Volumes:
  • 2018. Special issue of Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus (SPiL Plus) Volume 54. Guest editor, with Mark de Vos. Open Access via this link
  • 2017. Special issue of Nordic Journal of African Studies 26 (4) ‘Recent approaches to the study of Bantu languages’. Guest editor, with Lutz Marten and Andrew van der Spuy. Open Access via this link
  • 2012. Special issue of Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies on subject and object marking in Bantu. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 30(2). Guest editor, with Lutz Marten, Ron Simango and Jochen Zeller. <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/16073614.2012.737606#>
  • 2011. Special issue of Lingua with the proceedings of Movement and Word Order in Bantu. Lingua 121(5). Guest editor, with Leston C. Buell and Jenneke van der Wal.
  • 2010. Papers from the workshop on Bantu relative clauses (ZAS Papers in Linguistics 53). Editor, with Laura Downing, Annie Rialland, Jean-Marc Beltzung, Sophie Manus and Cédric Patin. Berlin: ZAS. 

My Phd thesis:


  • 2017. “Swahili Coordinated Infinitives”. In Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 38(2): 265-288. - with Mark de Vos.
  • 2012. “Locative ‘object’ marking and the argument-adjunct distinction”. In Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 30(2). – with Lutz Marten
  • 2011. “Question structure and intonation in Fipa”. In Downing, Laura J. (eds.), Questions in Bantu languages: prosodies and positions (ZAS Papers in Linguistics 55), 211-225. Berlin: ZAS. – with Cédric Patin
  • 2011. “What the Bantu languages can tell us about word order and movement”. In Lingua 121:689-701. – with Leston C. Buell and Jenneke van der Wal.
  • 2010. “Coordination and subject/object marking in Sambaa”. In Karsten Legère and Christina Thornell (eds.). Bantu Languages: Analyses, Description and Theory. Cologne: R. Köppe. 217-228.
  • 2010. “Relative clauses in Haya”. In Downing, Laura J., Annie Rialland, Jean-Marc Beltzung, Sophie Manus, Cédric Patin & Kristina Riedel (eds.). Papers from the workshop on Bantu relative clauses (ZAS Papers in Linguistics 53). Berlin: ZAS.
  • 2009. “Object marking in wh-questions in Bantu”. In Akinloye Ojo and Lioba Moshi (eds.), Selected proceedings of the 39th annual conference on African linguistics: Linguistic research and languages in Africa. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. 67-76.
  • 2007. “Object Marking in Sambaa”. In Linguistics in the Netherlands 2007. 199-210.

Publications (Short List)


Area(s) of Interest

African Languages


Theoretical Linguistics

Language Documentation

Courses Presented

HLIN2614 (Phonology, morphology and syntax)

HLIN3718 (Semiotics, semantics and pragmatics)

LINA6808 (Phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax)

LINF6808  (Linguistics: Foundations and frontiers)


Community Service

Service Learning


T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

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Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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