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Dr. Anastasia Bauer

Postdoctoral researcher in Slavic linguistics

Slavisches Institut der Universität zu Köln
Weyertal 137
D-50931 Köln

☎ (0221) 470-3359



Anastasia Bauer is a postdoctoral Researcher at the Slavic Institute of the University of Cologne. 

She studied English, German and Slavic linguistics as well as Sinology at the Kuban State University (Russia) and at the University of Cologne. For her Master's Thesis she compared classifier contructions in spoken and signed languages. As a member of the Project "Endangered Sign Languages in Village Communities" ("Village Sign") 2009-2012 she documented an endangered Aboriginal sign language used in Yolngu communities in Northern Australia during two fieldwork trips. Her PhD Thesis "The Use of Signing Space in a Shared Sign Language of Australia" was published 2014 by De Gruyter and received an Offerman-Hergarten Award in 2015.

Her current postdoctoral project focuses on two cross-modal language contact phenomena in Russian Sign Language, namely mouthings and fingerspellings.

Research interests

  • General and comparative Slavic linguistics
  • Typology of the Slavic languages
  • Syntax, morphology, semantics
  • Corpus & experimental linguistics
  • Sign Language linguistics
  • Multimodal language
  • Contact phenomena
  • Gesture

Linguistic focus

  • slavic languages (especially Russian, Polish, Czech)
  • sign languages (especially Russian Sign Language (RSL))