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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Typological Study of Microvariation in Bantu (Phase 1)

Typological Study of Microvariation in Bantu (Phase 1)

Keywords

  • Bantu
  • Morphosyntax
  • Semantics
  • Microvariation

Areas

  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Website

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2016–March, 2019

One of the most important topics in Bantu language studies in the last decade has been microvariation. In this project, researchers in Bantu language descriptive studies (mainly Japanese Bantuists) first reorganize their research outputs according to the new framework, i.e., by parameters proposed in studies of microvariation and also develop our discussion on the languages of the study. Second, the project will make our research outputs available to many Bantuists worldwide, enabling us to join the discussion to propose new analysis parameters in cooperation with overseas Bantuists.

Yuko ABE, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Yuko ABE (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Honoré WATANABE
  • Daisuke SHINAGAWA

Joint Researchers

  • Maya ABE
  • Yuko ABE
  • Koen BOSTOEN
  • Makoto FURUMOTO
  • Masaaki KADOYA
  • Shigeki KAJI
  • Tosirou KAMIYA
  • Junko KOMORI
  • Nancy C. KULA
  • Seunghun LEE
  • Yuka MAKINO
  • Lutz MARTEN
  • Yukiko MORIMOTO
  • Katsuhiko SHIOTA
  • Motomichi WAKASA
  • Nobuko YONEDA

Outputs

Meetings

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(1.26MB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 22 Jul 2017 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3)
  • Yuko ABE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)
    “Report on International WS in March and introduction of the plan of this year”
    Daisuke SHINAGAWA (ILCAA)
    “Report on Bantu Workshop at SOAS, University of London”
    Nobuko YONEDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, OSAKA University)
    “Microvariation found in noun modification clauses of Bantu languages - Proposal of new parameters-”
    All members
    Discussion “Brainstorming and matching of participants’ research projects based on the microvariation parameters. Preparing plan to pursue the research projects in the coming years”

The 3rd meeting

  • International Workshop on Bantu Micro-variations
  • Date/Time: Fri 3 Mar 2017 10:30–18:00 (open meeting), Sat 4 Mar 2017 10:30–18:00 (closed meeting), Sun 5 Mar 2017 10:30–18:00 (closed meeting)
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • Jointly sponsored by Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3) and JSPS Program for Advancing Strategic International Networks to Accelerate the Circulation of Talented Researchers, “A collaborative network for usage-based research on lesser-studied languages”
  • 3 Mar
  • 10:30–13:00 Marten, Lutz, Hannah Gibson and Rozenn Guerois (SOAS, University of London)
    “Basic concepts and perspectives on micro-parametric approach to Bantu morphosyntax [interim]”
    14:30–16:00 Bostoen, Koen (Gent University)
    “Micro-variation and historical reconstruction in the West-Coastal Bantu languages”
    16:15–17:45 Gastor Mapunda (University of Dar es Salaam)
    “An Account of Contact-Induced Language Instability in the Tanzanian Ngoni Language”
    17:45–18:00 All members & Discussants: Kumiko MIYAZAKI (State University of Zanzibar), Sayaka KUTSUKAKE (Osaka University)
    Questions and Answers, Discussion
    Yuko ABE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Research Associate)
    Closing remarks.
    18:30–20:30 Reception.
  • 4 Mar
  • All members
    “Workshop based on Parameters of Bantu morphosyntactic variation: Master list”
  • 5 Mar
  • All members
    “Workshop based on Parameters of Bantu morphosyntactic variation: Master list”

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(114KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 17 Dec 2016 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • All members
    “Presentations on 19 Microvariation parameters of the working language(s) by each participant”
    Daisuke SHINAGAWA (ILCAA)
    “Report on Microvariation Workshop at University of Dar es Salaam”
    Daisuke SHINAGAWA (ILCAA) and Yuko ABE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Research Associate)
    “Introduction to up-dated Parameters on Microvariation and bussiness meeting on International Workshop of Bantu Microvariation on March 3-5”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(2.3MB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 17 Apr 2016 11:00–17:00
  • Venue: Room 301, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • All members
    Kickoff mieeting
    Yuko ABE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Research Associate)
    “Introduction to Microvariation study”
    Daisuke SHINAGAWA (ILCAA)
    “A Case study of Bantu Microvariation parameters: some examples”
    Commentator: Yukiko MORIMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Humboldt University)

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