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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



The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(150KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 4 Jul 2020 13:30–17:00, Sun 5 Jul 2020 8:30–15:00
  • Venue: ILCAA Multimedia Conference Room (304)
  • 4 Jul
  • 13:30 Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    14:00 Kazue IWASA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies)
    “Current studies on the Yi script and manuscripts (2020)”
    15:30 Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Re-analysis of the Tangut radicals which have ‘five’ strokes”
  • 5 Jul
  • 8:30 All participants
    Scheduling and discussion for 2020 year
    10:00 All participants
    Discussion on the terms for the studies on scripts (1)
    13:00 All participants
    Discussion on the terms for the studies on scripts (2)

Related events

Workshop “Special talk on the fieldworks of KANJI and others”

  • Date/Time: Wed 29 Jul 2020 19:00–20:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Admission: Free
  • Pre-resistration is needed.
    For registration, please contact to Shintaro ARAKAWA: arakawa[at] (Please change [at] to @.) by July 27. This meeting will be held by Zoom with limited capacity.
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Construction of Method of Studies on Asian Scripts (2)”, Editorial department of FIELDPLUS
  • Speakers: Naomichi KUROSAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kokugakuin University), Atsushi OCHIAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ritsumeikan University), Kazuhiro OKADA(ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hakkai-Gakuen University), Hiroyuki SASAHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University), Masaaki SHIMIZU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University), Masayuki YOSHIKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    Chairman: Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)

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