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ILCAA Joint Research Project

An Inter-disciplinary Approach to the Diversity and Dynamics of Swahili Varieties

An Inter-disciplinary approach to the diversity and dynamism of Swahili varieties

Keywords

  • variety
  • East Africa
  • language of wider communication
  • Bantu microtypology
  • Practice-based sociolinguistics
  • diversification

Areas

  • East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, DRC, etc.)

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2018–March, 2021

This project aims to investigate the modern (and historical) varieties of Swahili as one of Africa’s major lingua francae spoken in vast areas of East Africa and to approach the dynamism of its geographicaland historical diversification through an interdisciplinary approach consisting mainly of linguistics and social anthropology. Based on the tradition of linguistic study of Swahili, we will establish a novel research platform of Swahili variation study by integrating currently developed frameworks such as intra-Bantu microparametric typology and practice-based approach to multilingual situations in urban Africa.

Daisuke SHINAGAWA, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Daisuke SHINAGAWA (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Wakana SHIINO

Joint Researchers

  • Maya ABE
  • Yuko ABE
  • Makoto FURUMOTO
  • Masaaki KADOYA
  • Shigeki KAJI
  • Junko KOMORI
  • Sayaka KUTSUKAKE
  • Kumiko MIYAZAKI
  • Shuichiro NAKAO
  • Keiko TAKEMURA
  • Nobuko YONEDA
  • Rose Marie BECK
  • Chege GITHIORA
  • Andrea HOLLINGTON
  • Georges MULUMBWA MUTAMBWA
  • Nico NASSENSTEIN
  • Shani OMARI
  • Maren RÜSCH

Outputs

Meetings

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 13 Oct 2018 14:30–18:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
  • Jointly sponsored by:
  • ILCAA Joint Research Project “An Inter-disciplinary approach to the diversity and dynamics of Swahili varieties”,Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science 3” (LingDy3)
  • 1. Kumiko MIYAZAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, State University of Zanzibar) and Keiko TAKEMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Towards a new approach to ‘Viswahili’ in Zanzibar”
    2. Makoto FURUMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS / Osaka University)
    “The collection of discourse and narratives in Kimakunduchi”
    3.All members
    General discussion “The upcoming events”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(1.7MB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 3 Jun 2018 14:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
  • Daisuke SHINAGAWA (ILCAA)
    “Introduction: Current trends in the study of Swahili Variation”
    Daisuke SHINAGAWA (ILCAA)
    “A micro-parametric approach to the structural features in Contact Swahili Variation”
    Shigeki KAJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto Sangyo University)
    “How did Swahili expand as far as the eastern part of the Congo? An account from a structural basis.”
    All members
    General discussion “The upcoming events, schedule of the project, and publication”

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