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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Construction of Method of Studies on Asian Scripts (2)

Construction of Method of Studies on Asian Scripts 2


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


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



About the Project

Project term: April, 2020–March, 2023

Asia is a globally unique area wherein a variety of writing systems have been established and used since ancient times. Studies on Asian scripts contribute to the general study of language scripts. Therefore, this project plans to cover popular scripts such as Chinese and Indic, minor scripts such as Tangu, and ancient scripts that include cuneiforms and hieroglyphs. The project members have all conducted multifaceted script studies, especially on shapes of the glyphs, and have a comprehensive understanding of principles of scripts. This project aims to not only describe and explain individual scripts but also to make materials available for more general studies, such as a glossary on studies of scripts. Therefore, this project seeks to be a successor to the GICAS (Grammatological Informatics based on the Corpora of Asian Scripts) project (2001–2004, at The Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA)).

Shintaro ARAKAWA, Project Coordinator (Associate Professor, ILCAA)



  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)


  • Hideo SAWADA

Joint Researchers

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



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