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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Typological Studies of Information Structures and Linguistic Forms in Africa

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Keywords

  • information structure
  • African linguistics

Areas

  • Africa

Website

About the Project

Project term: April, 2011 - March, 2014

AIM OF PROJECT: The aims of the project are: 1) to study how languages express informational structures phonologically, morphologically or syntactically; 2) to demonstrate what typological diversity African languages show in the relationship between information structures and linguistic forms; and 3) to examine whether African languages are characterized geographically in the relationship between information structures and linguistic forms. To study these themes, the project members have organized a research network. Humboldt University (project leader: Tom Güldemann) plans to start a new project for the investigation similar to our project. When his project starts, we will conduct our project in cooperation with his.

Osamu HIEDA, Project Coordinator (ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Osamu HIEDA

Joint Researchers

  • Daisuke SHINAGAWA
  • Katsuhiko SHIOTA
  • Kazuhiro KAWACHI
  • Kumiko MIYAZAKI
  • Maya ABE
  • Miyako TAKAMURA
  • Motomichi WAKASA
  • Ryohei KAGAYA
  • Shigeki KAJI
  • Shuichiro NAKAO
  • Yasutoshi YUKAWA
  • Yuko ABE

Outputs

Meetings

The 9th meeting : Report(Japanese)(1.2MB)

  • Date/Time: 12 October 2013 (Sat.) 13:30-18:00
  • Venue: Room 306, ILCAA
  • Language: English and Japanese
  • Pius Akumbu (Lecturer of the University of Buea, Cameroon & Visiting associate professor at Kyoto University)
    “Babunki verb tone”
    Yuko ABE (ILCAA)
    “Focus markers of Bende”
    Miyako TAKAMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagoya University)
    “Use of the Bondei language at the Bondei society in Tanzania”

The 8th meeting : Report(Japanese)(472KB)

  • Date/Time: 7 July 2013 (Sat.) 13:00‐18:30, 6 July 2013 (Sun.) 10:30‐18:00
  • Language: Japanese and English (without interpretation)
  • Jointly sponsored by Semitic Studies in memory to the late Professor Nakano Aki’o
  • 6 July
  • “Studies on Event Integration Patterns in African Languages”
  • Venue: 306 (Multimedia Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Osamu HIEDA (ILCAA)
    “Event integration and tense in Saamia”
    Nobukatsu MINOURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Mimetic words in sign languages: classifiers 2”
  • 7 July
  • “Studies on Event Integration Patterns in African Languages”
  • Venue: 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Rose-Juliet ANYANWU (Visiting Professor, ILCAA)
    “Transitivity and Information Structure (especially Focus) in West African Benue-Congo languages - Igbo, Kana, Yukuben, Kuteb, Hone”
    Yoichi NAGATO (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “On the information load of Arabic letters.”
    Motomichi WAKASA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meisei University)
    “On the peculiarity of the ‘n’ Sound.”
    Ai MATSUO, Seefu Rana (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Arabic derivative forms Ⅶ and Ⅷ based on analysis of Quran”
    Shuichiro NAKAO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Describing the ‘mesolect’ of Juba Arabic”
    Haruko SAKAEDANI (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Topic Pronouns in Classical Arabic.”
    Robert RATCLIFFE (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Introduction to Professor Nakano’s recently and posthumously published work ‘Hobyot’”

The 7th meeting : Report(Japanese)(1.12MB)

  • Date/Time: 8 June 2013 (Sat.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Mitsuaki SHIMOJO (University at Buffalo, The State University of New York)
    “Focus structure and sentence form: with reference to discourse analysis in Japanese”

The 6th meeting : Report(Japanese, English)(72KB)

  • Date/Time: 30 March 2013 (Sat.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 302 (Small Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Motomichi WAKASA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meisei University)
    “The OSV word order observed in Wolaytta”
    Osamu HIEDA (ILCAA)
    “Information structure in Saamia”

The 5th meeting : Report(Japanese, English)(330KB)

  • Date/Time: 26 January 2013 (Sat.) 14:00-18:00, 27 January 2013 (Sun.) 10:00-17:00
  • Venue: 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • 26 January
  • “Typological Studies of Information Structures and Linguistic Forms in Africa”
  • Osamu HIEDA (ILCAA)
    “Focus in Acooli”
    Abstract (English) (197KB)
  • 27 January
  • “Studies on Event Integration Patterns in African Languages”
  • Yuko ABE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Japan International Cooperation Agency)
    “Some aspects of Motion Verbs in Bende ? A sample from the ‘Frog Story’”
    Osamu HIEDA (ILCAA)
    “Aspect in Kumam”
    Kazuhiro KAWACHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Defense Academy of Japan)
    “Motion expressions and constructions in Kupsapiny”

The 4th meeting : Report(English)(337KB)

  • Date/Time: 28 April 2012 (Sat.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 301 (Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • Gratien G. Atindogbe (Kyoto University)
    “Ablaut/Umlaut in Bantu A: the case of Barombi and Bankon”
    Abdourahmane Diallo (ILCAA Visiting Professor, Goethe University)
    “Focus in Fula, a dialectal approach”

The 3rd meeting

  • Date/Time: 17 December 2011 (Sat.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 301 (Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Kazuhiro KAWACHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, National Defence Academy of Japan)
    “Conditional clause in Kupsapiny”
    Shigeki KAJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Phonetic features of Nyoro tones - from comparative and typological view”

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: 29 October 2011 (Sat.) 13:30-19:00
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Yasutoshi YUKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher)
    “Origin of Lozi”
    Ryohei KAGAYA (ILCAA Joint Researcher)
    “Have Bantu languages phonological patterns?”

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: 17 June 2011 (Fri.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 302 (Small Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Shuichiro NAKAO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Existentials and Grammaticalization in Juba Arabic”
    Shigeki KAJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “A Sociolinguistic Study of Language Use in Hoima City, Western Uganda”
    Osamu HIRDA (ILCAA)
    “Anaphor and Information Structure in Acooli”

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