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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Construction of Method of Studies on Asian Scripts 1

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Keywords

  • script
  • grammatology (studies of script)
  • Chinese character (ideograph) and scripts derived from Chinese character
  • Indic scripts
  • ancient scripts

Areas

  • Asia
  • China
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • Mainland Southeast Asia
  • Japan

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2017–March, 2020

Asia is a globally unique area in which various kinds and types of writing systems have been established and used from ancient times up to modern times. The studies on such Asian scripts contribute to general studies of scripts, one of the most unadvanced areas of linguistics. This project covers not only popular scripts such as Chinese character and Indic scripts, but also minor scripts such as Tangut, Khitan, Chu Nom and Tomba. It also targets ancient scripts, including cuneiforms, hieroglyphs and Chinese characters on bones and shells. The members of the project conduct multifaceted studies of the scripts, especially on the shapes of glyphs, to obtain a comprehensive understanding on principles of scripts. The project aims to produce not mere description and explanation of individual scripts, but materials available for more general studies, such as a glossary of the studies of scripts. It also plays the role as a successor of GICAS (Grammatological Informatics based on the Corpora of Asian Scripts) project (2001-2004, in ILCAA).

Shintaro ARAKAWA, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Hideo SAWADA

Joint Researchers

  • Naomichi KUROSAWA
  • Kazuhiko MACHIDA
  • Wakaha MORI
  • Masakatsu NAGAI
  • Atsushi OCHIAI
  • Kazuhiro OKADA
  • Kenji OKANO
  • Masami OTAKE
  • Hiroyuki SASAHARA
  • Masaaki SHIMIZU
  • Masayuki YOSHIKAWA

Outputs

Meetings

The 8th meeting Report (Japanese)(158KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 5 Oct 2019 13:30–17:00, Sun 6 Oct 2019 8:30–15:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • 5 Oct
  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the radicals of Tangut script”
  • 6 Oct
  • All participants
    Scheduling and discussion for 2019–2020 year
    Hiroyuki SASAHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University)
    “Dynamic description of Kanji”
    Kenji OKANO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Some technical terms from the viewpoint of studies of Burmese inscriptions” (tentative)

The 7th meeting Report (Japanese)(175KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 8 June 2019 13:30–17:00,Sun 9 June 2019 8:30–15:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • 8 June
  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    Atsushi OCHIAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ritsumeikan University)
    “combining character, ‘united character’ and ‘Ligature’, original character, derivative character, and so on”
    Naomichi KUROSAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kokugakuin University)
    “Breach of linearity: Dongba Scripts”
    Masaaki SHIMIZU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Sinoform Writings” and related notions
  • 9 June
  • All participants
    Scheduling and discussion for 2018 year
    Kazuhiro OKADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher)
    “A review of writing-related articles of _The Encyclopedia of Japanese Linguistics_ (The Society for Japanese Linguistics, 2018)”
    Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the order of Tangut characters which have same syllable in Wen-hai”

Workshop “Studies on the Script of Ethnics in Southwest China” / The 6th meeting Report (Japanese)(177KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 16 Feb 2019 13:30–17:00, Sun 17 Feb 2019 8:30–15:00
  • Venue: ILCAA seminar room (301)
  • 16 Feb [open]
  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Studies on the Script of Ethnics in Southwest China by the late Prof. NISHIDA Tastuo”
    Shuqi WEI (Guizhou Minzu University)
    “Sui Script (Shuishu)”
    Commentator:
    KUROSAWA Naomichi (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kokugakuin University), YOSHIKAWA Masayuki (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo), SUZUKI Toshiya (Hiroshima University)
    Kazunori HUKUDA (Toyo University)
    “Yi (Lolo) Script”
    All members
    Discussion
  • 17 Feb [Not open to the public]
  • All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2018
    Shuqi WEI (Guizhou Minzu University)
    “Recent Studies on Sui Script (Shuishu)”
    Toshiya SUZUKI (Hiroshima University)
    “On the coding of Sui Script (Shuishu)”

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)(148KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 6 Oct 2018 13:30–17:00, Sun 7 Oct 2018 8:30–15:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Sat 6
  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    Masakatsu NAGAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “What does the end of the line tell us? : Reconsideration of the linguistic units in the written language in Ancient Egyptian Texts”
    Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Terms of studies on scripts from the studies on the Asian scripts (1)”
  • Sun 7
  • All participants
    Scheduling and discussion for 2018 year
    Hideo SAWADA (ILCAA)
    “Innovations brought to Indic scripts in Southeast Asia”

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(157KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 26 May 2018 13:30–17:00, Sun 27 May 2018 8:30–15:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • 26 May
  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    Atsushi OCHIAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ritsumeikan University)
    “Specificity of the oracle bones inscription”
    Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Terms of studies on scripts from the studies on the Tangut script”
  • 27 May
  • All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2018 year
    Masami OTAKE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “The writing system of the Khitan scripts”
    Hiroyuki SASAHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University)
    “History and phase of Japanese−made kanji”

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(211KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 17 Feb 2018 13:30–17:00, Sun 18 Feb 2018 8:30–15:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • 17 Feb (Open meeting)
  • Workshop “Studies on the Script of Tibeto-Burman Languages”
  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Script of Tibeto-Burman Languages”
    Bojun SUN (Visiting Professor, ILCAA)
    “Tangut Script”
    Naomichi KUROSAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kokugakuin University)
    “Naxi Script”
    Kazue IWASA (JSPS Research Fellow)
    “Yi (Lolo) Script”
    Hideo SAWADA (ILCAA)
    “Scripts for Burmish Languages”
    All participants
    discussion
  • 18 Feb (Closed meeting)
  • All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2018
    Kazue IWASA (JSPS Research Fellow)
    “Lolo Script”
    Masaaki SHIMIZU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Chu Nom”

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(115KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 7 Oct 2017 13:30–17:00, Sun 8 Oct 2017 8:30–15:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • 7 Oct
  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    Masakatsu NAGAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Characteristics of the shapes and the structures”
    Wakaha MORI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kokushikan University)
    “Cuneiform script: Characteristics of the shapes and the structures”
  • 8 Oct
  • All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2017 year
    Kazuhiko MACHIDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Some Mysteries of Brahmi Script”
    Kazuhiro OKADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA Research Associate)
    “An outline of Old Hiragana (900-1900)”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(115KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 3 Jun 2017 13:30–17:00,Sun 4 Jun 2017 10:00–16:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • 3 Jun
  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Tangut script: Characteristics of the shapes and the structures”
    Kenji OKANO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Burmese script found in (stone) inscriptions: its characteristics of the shapes and the structures”
  • 4 Jun
  • Masayuki YOSHIKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “Writing Sinitic languages: Uniqueness of the Chinese character forms and the writing systems”
    Atsushi OCHIAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ritsumeikan University)
    “The shape change and abstraction of Chinese character”
    All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2017 year

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