Department ofGermanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Deborah Adeyeye

Deborah Adeyeye

Ph.D. Student in German Linguistics and Language Science
Treasurer, German Graduate Student Association

253 Burrowes Building


Masters of Arts, German Language and Linguistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 2018
Masters of Sciences, Indigenous Knowledge and Development, University of Ibadan, 2014
Bachelor of Arts, German, University of Ibadan, 2011


Deborah Adeyeye is a first year Ph.D. student in German Linguistics and Language Science. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in German from University of Ibadan and a Master’s degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Her master’s thesis was written on  “ Eine vergleichende Analyse der komplexen Verben im Deutschen und in Yorùbá. Her study revealed composite nature of the verb-forms in both languages coupled with their morphosyntactic traits hence instantiating areas of learning difficulties for Yorùbá learners of German and German learners of Yorùbá languages pedagogically.

Prior to joining Pennsylvania State University, Deborah taught German at University of Benin from 2014-2022. She also participated in several trainings at the Goethe-Instut, Nigeria. She got the DAAD scholarship to attend German language summer course at IIK Düsseldorf, Germany in 2010, she also got the Goethe-Institut Scholarship for German Language teachers from Africa at Goethe-Institut, Göttingen in 2017. In 2019 and 2015, she benefitted from Pädagogischer Ausstauch Dienst (PAD) scholarship for a Teaching Practice Training at Willy-Hellpach- Schule, Heidelberg and Gesamtschule Schuldorf Bergstraße, Hessen, Germany respectively.

Her research interests include German morphosyntax, Language Teaching, Cognitive Linguistics and Bilingualism.