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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Ethnolinguistic Lexical Documentation of the Southwestern Kalahari Khoe Languages

Ethnolinguistic Lexical Documentation of the Southwestern Kalahari Khoe Languages

Keywords

  • color
  • ethnobiology
  • kinship
  • lexicography
  • semantic field
  • semantic typology

Areas

  • Republic of Botswana

Website

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2016–March, 2019

Recent Khoisan linguistic studies have revealed that the lexicons of Southwestern Kalahari Khoe languages have a number of typologically unique or rare features in certain semantic domains, e.g., perception verbs and kinship terms (Nakagawa 2012, Ono 2011). Our ongoing field research is further discovering cross-linguistically uncommon features in other domains, such as folk taxonomy, eat-verbs, and temperature words. This project will provide Khoisan researchers of different scientific backgrounds (anthropology, linguistics, psychology, and zoology) with a platform for collaboration on new lexical documentation, which integrates up-to-date findings reported and discussed separately in different contexts.

Nakagawa, H. (2012) The importance of TASTE verbs in some Khoe languages, Linguistics, 50(2): 395-420. Ono, H. (2011) Two types of kinship categorization in Khoe. In Konig, C., Hieda, O., and Nakagawa, H. (eds.) Geographical Typology and Linguistic Areas, pp. 269-278. John Benjamin.

Hirosi NAKAGAWA, Project Coordinator
(Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Members

Coordinator

  • Hirosi NAKAGAWA (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

ILCAA Staff

  • Toshihide NAKAYAMA

Joint Researchers

  • Junko MARUYAMA
  • Hirosi NAKAGAWA
  • Christfried NAUMANN
  • Hitomi ONO
  • Kazuyoshi SUGAWARA
  • Akira TAKADA
  • Jiro TANAKA

Outputs

Meetings

The 2nd meeting

  • FIELDPLUS Talk Show “A Half-Century Chronicle of Transformations in Hunter-Gatherer Life in the Kalahari Desert”
  • Date/Time: Sat 15 Jul 2017 14:00–17:00 (Open 13:30)
  • Venue: Room 303, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese (without interpretation)
  • Jointly sponsored by FIELDPLUS editors, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Hirosi NAKAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) Research Project Number:#25300029 and #16H01925)
  • Speakers: Hiroshi NAKAGAWA (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), Jiro TANAKA (Professor emeritus of Kyoto University)
  • Facilitator: Yoichi TAKAMATSU (ILCAA)
  • Program:
  • Yoichi TAKAMATSU(ILCAA)
    Opening
    Hirosi NAKAGAWA (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
    “The hunting/gathering tools re-analized from a linguistic perspective”
    Jiro TANAKA (Professor emeritus of Kyoto University)
    “The hunting and gathering life until 1970s”
    Jiro TANAKA (Professor emeritus of Kyoto University)
    “The hunting and gathering life in transformation”
    All members
    Q & A session

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 21 May 2016 12:30–18:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 8F
  • Hirosi NAKAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    Introduction: Project Proposal
  • Presentation 1
  • Hirosi NAKAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Basic color terms in SWKK”
    Jiro TANAKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University), Kazuyoshi SUGAWARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University) and Hirosi NAKAGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Animal categories in SWKK”
    Hitomi ONO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Reitaku University)
    “Kinship terms in SWKK”
  • Presentation 2
  • Yuriko SUGIYAMA (Kyoto University)
    “Bushman funeral: preliminary report”
    Keitarou SEKIGUCHI (Kyoto University)
    “A first report on Kagcae community”
  • All members
    Discussion: Fauna and flora in SWKK
    All members
    Business meeting

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