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Typological Study of Microvariation in Bantu (2)

Typological Study of Microvariation in Bantu (2)


  • Typology
  • Bantu
  • Topicalization
  • Negation
  • Tone


  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • East Africa
  • Southern Africa



About the Project

Project term: April, 2019–March, 2022

This project aims to study microvariation, that is, the internal typology of Bantu languages. The preceding project (phase 1) produced a database from 142 comprehensive parameters for Bantu typology as research outputs. On the grounds of the database, this project investigates further typologies to deepen the individual research topics, such as “Topicalization,” “Negation,” and “Tones” and examines co-variations among parameters. The research outputs of the study will be presented to the communities of both Bantu studies and general typology in and outside of Japan.

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



  • Yuko ABE (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)


  • Daisuke SHINAGAWA

Joint Researchers

  • Maya ABE
  • Koen BOSTOEN
  • Makoto FURUMOTO
  • Hannah GIBSON
  • Rozenn GUÉROIS
  • Masaaki KADOYA
  • Shigeki KAJI
  • Tosirou KAMIYA
  • Junko KOMORI
  • Seunghun LEE
  • Yuka MAKINO
  • Lutz MARTEN
  • Yukiko MORIMOTO
  • Motomichi WAKASA
  • Nobuko YONEDA



The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(731KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 26 Oct 2019 13:00–18:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • 1. Seunghun Lee(ILCAA Joint Researcher, International Christian University)
    “Correlation analysis of Microvariation data by R (programming language)”
    2. All participants
    “Contribution of data and discussion on microvariation in subject properties in Bantu languages”
    3. All participants
    “Business meeting on annual activities of the project”

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