The UGent Centre for Bantu Studies (BantUGent) stands for a transdisciplinary approach to the past and present of Bantu languages, Bantu speech communities and their (im)material worlds, both in Africa and in the diaspora.


Our research starts from the data-driven study of language and/or (im)material culture and relies on methods and theoretical insights from disciplines as diverse as linguistics, archaeology, anthropology, (art) history, botany, zoology, genetics, etc.


Within the field of Bantu linguistics, which is BantUGent’s centre of gravity, we strongly focus on historical linguistics, including language contact, and corpus linguistics and lexicography, which we strive to combine.


Our research is also integrated in several courses of the UGent BA in African Languages and Cultures and MA in African Studies, such as Introduction to African Linguistics, Language Documentation and Description in Africa, African Historical Linguistics, Bantu Corpus Linguistics and Lexicography, Comparative Bantu Grammar, and African Archaeology.




  • Mon

    BantUGent research seminar with talk Zhen Li (ULeiden) on information structure in Teke

    1:30 pmFaculty Room, Campus Boekentoren, Building 05.03 - Blandijn, first floor, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent
    What? BantUGent research seminar
    When? October 4, 2021
    Where? Faculty Room, Campus Boekentoren, Building 05.03 - Blandijn, first floor, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent
    1:30-2:15 pm: Zhen Li (Leiden University, BaSIS project):  Word order, subject marking and information structure in Teke
    1:30-2:15 pm: Lorenzo Maselli (BantUGent - FWO fellow):  Phonetic documentation in the underexplored linguistic landscape of the Mai-Ndombe Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    2:15-2:45 pm: Sifra Van Acker (BantUGent - BantuFirst project)The introduction of sugarcane in Central Africa and reconstructing the semantics of *cʊ̀ngʊ̀ in Proto-West-Coastal-Bantu



    Sifra Van Acker (sifra.vanacker@ugent.be)

    Lorenzo Maselli (lorenzo.maselli@ugent.be)

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