Nadine Thielemann

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Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

Department für Fremdsprachliche Wirtschaftskommunikation

Institut für Slawische Sprachen

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 and teaching qualification) 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 including social media, political discourse and face-to-face interaction from various settings) and particularly on talk-in-interaction, i.e. the language from face-to-face communication. Her work predominantly focuses on Russian, Polish and Ukrainian data. Current data also include Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and German.

She is interested in how people across different languages and cultures interact in casual and professional settings and how they manage rapport when communicating. Her work, for example, covers argumentative styles in Russian, Ukrainian and Polish interlocutors’ casual conversations and joking, allusive talk and gendered concepts of politeness in Russian.

Current projects in the area of intercultural/multilingual business communication compare complaining behaviour and leadership styles in the workplace across several cultures/languages including French, German, Austrian, Russian and Polish (together with Regina Göke and Zlatoslava Savych) or investigate communicative strategies in an Austrian-Ukrainian project meeting. A joint project with German colleagues analyses the communicative and cultural challenges faced by migrants trying to enter the labour market in Austria and Germany and aims at improving counselling services.

Another strand of research deals with political discourse in CEE. Here populist strategies and linguistic peculiarities of right-wing discourse in Poland or Russian politicians’ communicative strategies in the media play a major role. Current projects further focus the growing role of social media in Russia and Poland in a situation in which governments attempt to control media and, in case of Russia, even the Internet. Comparative analyses of social media discourses on the EU-sanctions against Russia in Poland and in Russia, for example, reveal that Twitter plays an important role as a discourse arena for a counter-public.

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 PURE. Selected publications are accessible via