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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 6th meeting Report (Japanese)(1.8MB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 28 Nov 2020 19:00–21:30
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3)”
  • Language: Japanese
  • 1. Shigeki KAJI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto Sangyo University)
    “On the origin of 'ndiyo' and 'hapana' in Swahili: A perspective from the Nyoro language”
    2. Makoto FURUMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS overseas research fellow/University of Essex)
    “On the emergence process of the person pronominal markers: Suggestion from the shortened forms of the demonstratives in the Makunduchi dialect of Swahili” (tentative)
    3. All participants
    General discussions about project outcomes and future perspectives

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)(177KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 8 Aug 2020 14:00–17:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3)”
  • Language: Japanese
  • 1. Sayaka KUTSUKAKE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS research fellow/ILCAA)
    “A study on the African multilingualism: Based on Translanguaging theory”
    2. All participants
    General discussions about project outcomes and future perspectives

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(962KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 16 Feb 2020 13:30–17:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3)”
  • Language: Japanese
  • Shuichiro NAKAO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Beyond creolization: Nubi, Swahili, and Sheng in Kibera, Nairobi”
    All participants
    “A report on Mainz WS and a general discussion about a plan for the final year of the project”

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(2.2MB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 20 July 2019 13:30–17:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3)”
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Yuko ABE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo Woman's Christian University), Masaaki KADOYA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Sophia University)
    “Report on preliminary survey on Kilwa dialect of Swahili”
    Commentator:Miyako TAKAMURA (Nanzan University)
    Nico Nassenstein (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
    “Tense and aspect in Bunia Swahili (Ituri Kingwana): Insights into an understudied peripheral variety”
    Commentator:Daisuke SHINAGAWA(ILCAA)

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(1.6MB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 13 Oct 2018 14:00–18:00
  • 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)”
  • 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”
    Makoto FURUMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, JSPS/Osaka University)
    “The collection of discourse and narratives in Kimakunduchi”
    General discussion about the project's schedule

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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