Dr. Nicholas Williams


Dept. of English and American Studies
Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 1.34
14469 Potsdam, Germany


consulting hours
Via Zoom, by appointment.

Dr. Nicholas Williams

Academic Background

Nick received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Colorado Boulder. From 2017-2020 he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher as part of the project Grammar and multilingual practices through the lens of everyday interaction in two endangered languages in the East Tukano family. Nick is currently a lecturer and and researcher at the Chair of Present-Day English Language and Linguistics.

Areas of Research

  • Interactional Linguistics
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Language Documentation
  • Place and Space
  • Multimodality
  • Multilingualism

Recent Publications

2021Williams, Nicholas, W. D. L. Silva, Laura McPherson & Jeff Good. 2021. COVID-19 and documentary linguistics: Some ways forward. Language Documentation and Description 20, 359-377.
2021Stenzel, K., & Williams, N. Toward an interactional approach to multilingualism: Ideologies and practices in the northwest Amazon. Language & Communication, 80, 136-164
2020Williams, N., Stenzel, K., & Fox, B. Parsing particles in Wa’ikhana. Revista Linguíʃtica, 16(Esp.), 356-382.
2020Williams, Nicholas. Deixis; deixis and indexicals. In James Stanlaw (Ed.), The  International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. Wiley.
2020Williams, Nicholas. Universals. In James Stanlaw (Ed.), The International  Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. Wiley.
2019Raymond, Chase Wesley, Marissa Caldwell, Lisa Mikesell, Innhwa Park, and Nicholas Williams. Turn-taking and the structural legitimization of bias: the case of the Ford-  Kavanaugh hearing by the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Language & Communication, 69, 97-114.
2017Williams, Nicholas. Place reference in Kula conversation. Open Linguistics, 3(1), 554-581.
2017Williams, Nicholas. Kula. In Antoinette Schapper (Ed.) The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor, and Pantar: Volume 2 (pp. 185-266). Mouton De Gruyter.
2012Williams, Nicholas. Toward a linguistic anthropological account of deixis in   interaction: ini and itu in Indonesian conversation. Colorado Research in   Linguistics, 22(1), 1-23.