Nadine Thielemann

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WU Vienna University of Economics and Business

Department of Foreign Language Business Communication

Institute for Slavic Languages

Welthandelsplatz 1, D2.3.194 (Entrance D)

A-1020 Wien

Tel.: +43(1)313365427


Nadine Thielemann is full professor of Slavic Linguistics and Intercultural Communication and Head of the Institute for Slavic Languages. She has studied at the Universities of Freiburg i. Brsg. (Germany), Kazan (Russian Federation) and Cracow (Poland). She holds a PhD (Dr. Phil) in Slavic Philology from the University of Potsdam and a venia for Slavic Studies / Linguistics (Habilitation/postdoctoral thesis) awarded by the University of Hamburg. Before joining the WU in 2015, she was lecturer and Robert Bosch-fellow at the Ivan Franko University L’viv (Ukraine), research and teaching assistant at the University of Potsdam and post doc at the University of Hamburg.

Her research focuses on language in use across several discourse domains (media discourse, political discourse and face-to-face interaction from various settings) and particularly on spoken language. She predominantly works on Russian, Polish and Ukrainian. Her work is basically rooted in pragmatics (discourse/conversation analysis, interactional linguistics, politeness, interactional sociolinguistics) and Cognitive Linguistics (cognitive semantics, constructions grammar). So far her research interests cover culture-specific rhetorical styles in casual interaction across several Slavic speech cultures (Thielemann 2006, 2010, 2011), joking and humor as a cognitive-pragmatic category (mainly based on Russian data) (Thielemann 2008, 2013, 2012, 2015 under revision), language and gender in Eastern Europe (Thielemann 2009, 2010, 2011) and political discourse in Russia and Poland (Thielemann 2010, 2016). She also coordinates the scientific network Urban Voices (initially funded by the DFG) which aims at analyzing how various linguistic, paralinguistic and pragmatic means relate to sociolinguistic dimensions and how they convey social meaning. Within this network Russian and German scholars jointly work on data from naturally occurring talk taped in the city of Saint Petersburg. A volume summarizing the results is in preparation (Thielemann/Richter (eds.), Urban Voices: Sociolinguistics, Grammar and Pragmatics of Spoken Russian).

Currently she is interested in the ways in which understanding and collaboration is managed in multicultural and multilingual business settings and organizational contexts. This includes both, a bottom up perspective tracing the strategies in local interactions (e.g. based on recordings of meetings, virtual communication by mail or chat) and a top down perspective analyzing strategies implemented for language management, whereupon the local perspective allows for checking the impact of the strategy promoted top down. She is, thus, always looking for opportunities to gather data and tape conversations within business and organizational settings.

For further information about current research at the Institute for Slavic Languages please check A list of publications and information about other research-related activities is included in FIDES. Selected publications are accessible via