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ILCAA Joint Research Project

A new perspective on descriptive linguistics in Africa based on the translingual ecology

A new perspective on descriptive linguistics in Africa basedon the translingual ecology


  • African linguistics
  • African translingual ecology
  • linguistic description
  • ‘noisyʼ linguistics
  • language contact
  • linguistic area
  • creativity in language
  • linguistic resources
  • special codes


  • Sub-Saharan Africa



About the Project

Project term: April, 2021–March, 2024

  This project aims to relativize traditional perspectives on the multilingual nature of Sub-Saharan Africa, and the analysis focuses on linguistic features observed on the African continent. That is, we explore not only conventional typological subjects but also unique linguistic phenomena arising in African multilingual environments that have tended to be ignored. This project also aims to improve our understandings of African languages and translingual ecology as well as widen the scope of traditional research on African linguistics by strengthening networks of scholars researching the languages of Africa in Japan.

Daisuke SHINAGAWA, Project Coordinator
(Associate Professor, ILCAA)




Joint Researchers

  • Maya ABE
  • Yuko ABE
  • Makoto FURUMOTO
  • Shigeki KAJI
  • Toshiro KAMIYA
  • Kazuhiro KAWACHI
  • Kyoko KOGA
  • Junko KOMORI
  • Sayaka KUTSUKAKE
  • Yuka MAKINO
  • Kumiko MIYAZAKI
  • Shuichiro NAKAO
  • Nico Nassenstein
  • Katsuhiko SHIOTA
  • Anne Storch
  • Motomichi WAKASA
  • Nobuko YONEDA



The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(1.3MB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 4 Dec 2021 14:30–17:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • 1. Shuichiro NAKAO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Linguistic description of bilingualism: Three case studies of bilingual description”
    2. All participants
    General discussions

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(940KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 17 Jul 2021 15:00–18:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • Organized by Core Project “Linguistic Dynamics Science3 (LingDy3)”
  • 1. Daisuke SHINAGAWA (ILCAA)
    “Translingual situation in Africa revisited: based on Lüpke and Storch (2013)”
    2. Shigeki KAJI (ILCAA joint researcher, Kyoto Sangyo University)
    “A typological analysis on the linguistic means by which people speaking different languages form a unified communication field: with special reference to the multilingual situations in western Uganda”
    3. All participants
    General discussions

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