Previous activities

  • Mon
    13
    Jun
    2022

    BantUGent research seminar with talks by Mary Charwi (DUCE) on Kuria (JE43) and Joseph Koni Muluwa (ISP Kikwit) on Nsambaan (B85F)

    1:30 pm Faculty Council Room or via Zoom
    What? BantUGent research seminar
    When? June 13, 2022
    Where? Faculty Council Room (first floor Blandijnberg 2) or via Zoom (passcode: Vy1hwSzK)
    1:30-2:15 pm: Mary Charwi (Dar es salaam University College of Education - DUCE): An Ethnobotanical and Ethnolinguistic Study of Kuria Medicinal Plants
    2:15-2:45 pm: Joseph Koni Muluwa (Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Kikwit):  Diachronic sound change in Nsambaan (Bantu B85F)

     

    Contact

    Lorenzo Maselli (lorenzo.maselli@ugent.be)

     

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  • Fri
    20
    May
    2022

    BantUGent talk Jeroen Dewulf (UC Berkeley) — Flying Back to Africa or Flying to Heaven? Competing Visions of Afterlife in the Lowcountry and Caribbean Slave Societies

    10:00 amFaculty council room, first floor Blandijn building, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent

     

    On May 20, 2022 Prof. Jeroen Dewulf, Professor at the UC Berkeley Department of German & Dutch Studies and also active in the fields of African Studies and Latin American Studies, visits BantUGent for a public talk. Title and abstract below. A recording of the talk is available here.

    Flying Back to Africa or Flying to Heaven? Competing Visions of Afterlife in the Lowcountry and Caribbean Slave Societies

    This study presents a new interpretation of the famous folktale about enslaved Africans flying home, including the legend that only those who refrained from eating salt could fly back to Africa. It rejects claims that the tale is rooted in Igbo culture and relates to suicide as a desperate attempt to escape from slavery. Rather, an analysis of historical documents in combination with ethnographic and linguistic research makes it possible to trace the tale back to West-Central Africa. It relates objections to eating salt to the Kikongo expression curia mungua "to eat salt", meaning baptism, and claims that the tale originated in the context of discussions among the enslaved about the consequences of a Christian baptism for one’s spiritual afterlife.

     

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  • Mon
    02
    May
    2022

    BantUGent talk Hilde Gunnink (UGent) — Language contact and linguistic reconstruction: (Pre)historic Bantu-Khoisan interactions in Southern Africa in a historical linguistic perspective

    1:30 pmVergaderzaal 3.30 Camelot, Campus Boekentoren, gebouw 05.03 - Blandijn, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent
  • Mon
    02
    May
    2022

    BantUGent talk Guy Kouarata (UGent) — Expression des temps en Bekwel (A85)

    2:30 pmVergaderzaal 3.30 Camelot, Campus Boekentoren, gebouw 05.03 - Blandijn, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent
  • Fri
    22
    Apr
    2022

    Public PhD defense Michel Onokoko

    2:00 pmAuditorium P, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Gent

     

    On April 22, 2022 (2pm CET), Michel Onokoko (BantUGent) defends his PhD dissertation titled "Éléments de description de la phonologie et de la morphologie du cíbìnjì cyà ngúsú, langue bantoue (L231) du Kasaï Central, R.D. Congo”, which he wrote under the co-supervision of Prof. Koen Bostoen (BantUGent) and Prof. Joseph Koni Muluwa (ISP Kikwit - BantUGent). The jury members are Prof. Timotee Mukash Kalel (Université de Kinshasa), Prof. Maud Devos (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren & UGent), Dr. Rozenn Guérois (LLACAN, CNRS, Paris), and Dr. Guy Kouarata (UGent).  The president of the jury is Prof. Jo Van Steenbergen (UGent) and the secretary Prof. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (UGent).

    This event can also be followed online through MS Teams. More info: koen.bostoen@ugent.be

    The ceremony will be followed by a reception (near the Faculty Council, Blandijnberg 2, first floor)

     

    Le 22 avril 2022 (14h00 CET), Michel Onokoko (BantUGent) soutient sa thèse intitulée "Éléments de description de la phonologie et de la morphologie du cíbìnjì cyà ngúsú, langue bantoue (L231) du Kasaï Central, R. D. Congo", qu'il a rédigée sous la co-direction du Prof. Koen Bostoen (BantUGent) et du Prof. Joseph Koni Muluwa (ISP Kikwit - BantUGent). Les membres du jury sont le Prof. Timotee Mukash Kalel (Université de Kinshasa), la Prof. Maud Devos (Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, Tervuren & UGent), la Dr. Rozenn Guérois (LLACAN, CNRS, Paris) et le Dr. Guy Kouarata (UGent). Le président du jury est le Prof. Jo Van Steenbergen (UGent) et le secrétaire le Prof. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (UGent).

    Cet événement peut également être suivi en ligne via MS Teams. Plus d'informations : koen.bostoen@ugent.be

    La cérémonie sera suivie d'une réception (près du Conseil de la Faculté, Blandijnberg 2, premier étage).

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  • Tue
    19
    Apr
    2022

    CARAM-BantUGent talk Talia Lieber "Cattle Visions: The Creation and Collection of Art in the Kingdom of Rwanda"

    1:00 pmRoom 2.24, Blandijnberg 2

    This talk examines the art of the Rwandan kingdom in the Great Lakes Region of eastern Africa, investigating how environmental and political conditions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including encounters with European missionaries and colonial powers, shaped artistic creativity in Rwanda. Ultimately, the talk will consider the following questions: How was the image of the kingdom transformed by Rwandese artists? What can material objects reveal about Rwanda’s heritage and state formation? How and why did artwork impact Rwandan and European perceptions of the kingdom more broadly? The talk draws, in part, from images and objects held in the archives and collections of the Smithsonian Institution, including photographs and films taken by White Fathers missionaries in Rwanda. Through object-based examinations and archival research, this talk examines how Rwandese artists rendered images of power and prosperity through works depicting cattle and reflecting surrounding landscapes that shaped both Rwandan and European notions of the kingdom.

    Talia Lieber is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she specializes in the arts of the African continent. Originally from Washington, D.C., Talia earned her M.A. degree in Art History from UCLA (2019) and her B.A. in International Relations and Art History from Tufts University (2013). Her dissertation research on the art of Rwanda has been generously supported by the Smithsonian Institution, the Fulbright Program, and UCLA. She has assisted with African art exhibitions at the National Museum of African Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and served as Co-Editor-In-Chief of Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies. 

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  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2022

    Public PhD defense Heidi Goes

    9:30 amAuditorium P, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Gent

    On April 1, 2022 (9.30 am CET), Heidi Goes (BantUGent) defends her PhD dissertation titled "A historical-comparative approach to phonological and morphological variation in the Kikongo Language Cluster, with a special focus on Cabinda”, which she wrote under the co-supervision of Prof. Koen Bostoen (BantUGent) and Prof. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (BantUGent). The jury members are Prof. Bruce Connell (York University), Prof. Nobuko Yoneda (Osaka University), Prof. Joseph Koni Muluwa (ISP Kikwit), Prof. Mark Janse (UGent) and Dr. Guy Kouarata (UGent).  The president of the jury is Prof. Jo Van Steenbergen (UGent) and the secretary Dr. Hilde Gunnink (UGent).

    This event can also be followed online through MS Teams. More info: heidi.goes@ugent.be

    The ceremony will be followed by a reception (near the Faculty Council, Blandijnberg 2, first floor)

    Please confirm your presence using this link (https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/cabinda), at the latest  Wednesday at noon (23/3/2022).

     

     

     

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  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2022

    Public PhD defense Bruna da Silva

    2:00 pmvideo-conferencing

    On April 1, 2022, Bruna da Silva (BantUGent) defends her PhD dissertation titled "Specialised Digital Frame-Based Lexicography from the Perspective of Dictionary Use Research”, which she wrote under the co-supervision of Prof. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (BantUGent) and Rove Luiza de Oliveira Chishman (Vale do Rio dos Sinos University, Brazil). The jury members are Dr. Tanara Zingano Kuhn (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Prof. Larissa Moreira Brangel (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Prof. Timothy Colleman (Ghent University, Belgium), and Prof. Sandro José Rigo (UNISINOS University, Brazil).

    This event takes place via video-conferencing, with Teams.

     

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  • Mon
    28
    Mar
    2022

    BantUGent research seminar with Lorenzo Maselli & Véronique Delvaux on retroflex nasals in Boma and Nunu and Michel Onokoko on Cibinji

    12:30 pm Simon Stevin Room, Plateau-Rozier, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Ghent
    What? BantUGent research seminar
    When? March 28, 2022
    Where? Simon Stevin Room, Plateau-Rozier, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Ghent (online through Zoom, passcode: 14LLVJiP)
    1:30-2:15 pm: Lorenzo Maselli (BantUGent) & Véronique Delvaux (Université Mons): Retroflexion in the Mai-Ndombe: preliminary and methodological remarks on the case of North Boma and Nunu nasals
    2:15-2:45 pm: Michel Onokoko (BantUGent):  Éléments de description de la phonologie et de la morphologie du cíbìnjì cyà ngúsú, langue bantoue (L231) du Kasaï Central, R.D. Congo (dry run PhD defense)

    Contact

    Lorenzo Maselli (lorenzo.maselli@ugent.be)

     

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  • Thu
    24
    Mar
    2022
    Fri
    25
    Mar
    2022

    International Workshop "Rethinking Time and Gender in African History"

    Auditorium P Jozef Plateau (Jozef Plateaustraat 22) Ghent University, Belgium
  • Wed
    23
    Mar
    2022

    Angi Ngumbu talks on how linguistics impacts the lives of the speakers of minority languages in DRC

    2:00 pmSimon Stevin Room, Plateau-Rozier, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Ghent
    What? BantUGent research seminar
    When? March 23, 2022, 2pm
    Where? Simon Stevin Room, Plateau-Rozier, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Ghent (online through Zoom, passcode: KG14YtTh)

     

    Angi Ngumbu (The Seed Company) visits BantUGent on Wednesday March 23 and will give a talk titled "Applied Linguistics: Stories of how linguistics is impacting the lives of the speakers of minority languages in DRC"

     

    Angi Ngumbu has been working as a linguist and project manager in the two Congos (Brazzaville and Kinshasa) for 15 years.  She will share about the different projects she has worked on during this time in applied linguistics, from picture dictionaries, language documentation, survey, and orthography development.  Some of this work has been directly influenced by or done in collaboration with personnel from Ghent University.

     

    Venue: Simon Stevin Room

    Contact: koen.bostoen@ugent.be

     

    Our Supported Missionaries - Fort Worth Presbyterian Church

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  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2022

    Monster: Other/Alternative (dance rehearsal/debate: with Harold George, Dunia Dance Theatre & AfriKeraArts) - Internationalisation@Home initiative organized by Inge Brinkman

    6-7pmKunstencentrum VOORUIT or through live-stream

    2 Workshops with choreographer Harold George in de Vooruit. Contact Amber.Frateur@UGent.befor information

    A dance rehearsal/debate: with Harold George, Dunia Dance Theatre & AfriKeraArts

    Registration:https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/DANCEREHEARSAL

     

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  • Mon
    07
    Mar
    2022

    BantUGent research seminar with talks by Heidi Goes on Kikongo and Guy Kouarata on Lingála

    1:30 pmOnline
    What? BantUGent research seminar
    When? March 7, 2022
    Where? Only online through Zoom
    1:30-2:15 pm: Heidi Goes (BantUGent): A historical-comparative approach to phonological and morphological variation in the Kikongo Language Cluster with a special focus on Cabinda (dry run PhD defense)
    2:15-2:45 pm: Guy Kouarata (BantUGent):  Xenisms, borrowings and lexical hybrids in Lingála

    Contact

    Lorenzo Maselli (lorenzo.maselli@ugent.be)

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  • Tue
    01
    Mar
    2022

    Monster: Other/Alternative (lecture) - Internationalisation@Home initiative organized by Inge Brinkman

    1pm-3:45pmBlandijn room 0.2 or through live-stream

    A lecture: “Monster: Other/Alternative” by Inge Brinkman

    Registration: https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/MonsterOtherAlternative

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  • Mon
    07
    Feb
    2022

    BantUGent research seminar with talks by Sebastian Dom on Bantu causatives and Guy Kouarata on Lingála

    1:30 pmOnline (Zoom)
    What? BantUGent research seminar
    When? February 7, 2022
    Where? Only online through Zoom (Passcode: AnUWT8dw)
    1:30-2:15 pm: Sebastian Dom (Gothenburg University): Synchronic and diachronic variation in the coding of the noncausal/causal alternation: Causative *-i in East Bantu languages
    2:15-2:45 pm: Guy Kouarata (BantUGent):  Xenisms, borrowings and lexical hybrids in Lingála (canceled)

    Contact

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

    Lorenzo Maselli (lorenzo.maselli@ugent.be)

     

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  • Mon
    10
    Jan
    2022

    BantUGent research seminar with talks by Hilde Gunnink, Guy Kouarata and Michel Mbabu

    1:30 pmOnline (Zoom)
    What? BantUGent research seminar
    When? January 10, 2022
    Where? Only online through Zoom (Passcode: fXSPHve3)
    1:30-2:15 pm: Hilde Gunnink (BantUGent - Leiden University): Lateral obstruents in Bantu
    2:15-2:45 pm: Guy Kouarata (BantUGent):  Les préfixes de classes 7 et 15 en bantou de la côte ouest : le cas des parlers téké de la RDC

    2:45-3:15 pm: Michel Mbabu (ISP-Gombe, Kinshasa):  Les voyelles en kiyombe (bantou H16c)

    Contact

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

    Lorenzo Maselli (lorenzo.maselli@ugent.be)

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  • Mon
    06
    Dec
    2021

    BantUGent research seminar with talks by Jean-Pierre Donzo and Lorenzo Maselli, Daisuke Shinagawa & Seunghun Lee

    1:30 pmOnline
    What? BantUGent research seminar
    When? December 6, 2021
    Where? Only online through Zoom
    1:30-2:15 pm: Jean-Pierre Donzo (ISP-Gombe, Kinshasa & BantUGent): La vie de certaines consonnes dans les langues du nord-ouest de la RD Congo
    2:15-2:45 pmLorenzo Maselli (BantUGent), Daisuke Shinagawa (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa - Tokyo) & Seunghun Lee (International Christian University - Tokyo):  Post-nasal trilling in a cross-Bantu perspective

    Contact

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

    Lorenzo Maselli (lorenzo.maselli@ugent.be)

     

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  • Thu
    18
    Nov
    2021

    Talk on History of the Bantu Languages [Dutch] - Koen Bostoen - Centre for Historical Languages Ghent

    8:00 pmMonasterium PoortAckere, Oude Houtlei 56, 9000 Gent

    The Bantu languages are the largest African language family, both in terms of number of languages and speakers and geographical distribution. About 350 million or about one in three Africans speak one or more of the 500 or so Bantu languages, which stretch from above the equator to South Africa. Swahili, Lingala, Kongo, Luba, Rwanda, Rundi, Ganda, Zulu, Xhosa, and Shona are just some of the best-known Bantu languages. Proto-Bantu is about 5000 years old and is said to have been born in the border area between Nigeria and Cameroon. This lecture is about the reconstruction of this hypothetical ancestral language, about the exceptionally rapid and large-scale diffusion of its daughter languages and about the history and future of the study area.

     

    https://www.historischetalen.be/cursus/twaalf-smaakmakers/

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  • Mon
    08
    Nov
    2021

    BantUGent research seminar with Peter Coutros (archaeology), Sifra Van Acker and Sara Pacchiarotti (linguistics)

    1:30 pmCamelot (3.30), Campus Boekentoren, Building 05.03 – Blandijn, third floor, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent
    What? BantUGent research seminar
    When? November 8, 2021
    Where? Camelot (3.30), Campus Boekentoren, Building 05.03 – Blandijn, third floor, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent
    1:30-2:00 pm: Peter Coutros (BantUGent - BantuFirst project): 2021 archaeological reconnaissance of the West-Coastal Bantu homeland: preliminary results
    2:00-2:30 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
    2:30-2:45 pm: break
    2:45-3.15 pm: Sara Pacchiarotti (BantUGent - BantuFirst project):  Tonal evolutions with diagnostic power for the internal classification of West-Coastal-Bantu

     

    Contact (in case you want to attend through Zoom):

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

    Lorenzo Maselli (lorenzo.maselli@ugent.be)

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  • Tue
    26
    Oct
    2021

    DiaLing talk Tajudeen Mamadou & Mariapaola D’Imperio (Rutgers University) "Intonation as Key for a More Comprehensive Sub-tonal Feature System"

    3:00 pmOnline

    For the MS-teams link, write to Kim.Groothuis@UGent.be.

    In studies on African lexical tone languages, intonation is often approached either as emergent from the cumulative effects of local interactions between sub-tonal features like the register feature (Welmers, 1959; Inkelas & al, 1986; Connell & Ladd, 1990; Clements, 1979) or as limited to domain boundary manifestations (Rialland, 2007). When global effects are mentioned, they are often treated as phonetic in nature (Inkelas & al, 1986; a.o), supposedly because they match the predictions of the Frequency Code, which holds that questions are realized with a higher pitch than statements (Gussenhoven, 2002; Cahill, 2013). Here, we present the results of a case study (production and perception) of yes/no question intonation in Ede Chaabe (cbj, Benin). We found that questions’ register is lower and not higher, but also have a L% edge tone known to characterize ‘lax’ prosody languages (Rialland, 2009); hence contrary to the Frequency Code. Considering these findings, we argue that the observed global effects are represented in the grammar in the form of a Register feature, which is treated in the present account as an intonational feature than spans specific prosodic domains. We go a step further in proposing a new sub-tonal feature model that does not use a register feature (like previous models do), but rather treats lexical tones as pitch change instructions, where Polarity (+/-) indicates the direction of the change and Step (1/2) would indicate its magnitude. In this sense, any given lexical tone (with Polarity and Step features) is projected on the intonational Register plane, post-lexically.

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  • Thu
    14
    Oct
    2021

    Talk Miguel Gutiérrez Maté (Augsburg University)

    3:00 pmFaculty Room, first floor, Blandijn building, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent

    Convened by the ΔiaLing and BantUGent research groups, Miguel Gutiérrez Maté (Augsburg University) will present a talk titled "Towards a better understanding of Creoles through their comparison with fossilized learner varieties. The case of Palenquero Creole and Cabindan Portuguese”. This event is part of an Erasmus+ exchange.

     

    Both Palenquero –a Spanish-lexified Creole spoken in the small village of San Basilio de Palenque (Colombia)– and the ‘partially restructured’ varieties of Portuguese spoken in the province of Cabinda (Angola) share the same ‘substrate’: some western varieties belonging to the Kikongo Language Cluster: cp. Schryver/Grollemund/Branford/Bostoen 2015 and Bostoen/Schryver 2018).

    Thus, getting to know the structural similarities and differences between Palenquero and Cabindan Portuguese turns out to be extraordinarily helpful for the study of creolization, since it enables us to set quantitative and/or qualitative limits between the process of creolization and the fossilization of interlanguages (Selinker 1972), especially as regards the role of the substrate in the two possible outcomes (cf. Winford 2008; see Gutiérrez Maté 2020 for the particular case of the two languages compared here).

    The ultimate goal of this talk is determining the different historical, sociological and attitudinal processes (i.e. the different ecologies) that account for the birth of a Creole, in one case, and a non-Creole, in the other, out of a very similar combination of contributing languages (Kikongo substrate and Ibero-Romance superstrate).

    The data have been collected by the author in situ as a result of his fieldwork in Palenque (2017, 2018) and Cabinda (2019, 2020). In addition, for the case of Palenquero, the author also uses the interviews made by A. Schwegler during his first stays in the village (1985-1988), which reveal themselves as extraordinarily helpful for containing large language samples of so-called Traditional Palenquero (see Lipski 2020 about bilingualism in the village and other non- -traditional varieties of Palenquero).

     

    Bibliography

    Bostoen, Koen / Gilles-Maurice de Schryver. 2018. Seventeenth-century Kikongo is not the ancestor of present-day Kikongo. In K. Bostoen & I. Brinkman (eds.), The Kongo kingdom: the origins, dynamics and cosmopolitan culture of an African polity (pp. 60–102). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Gutiérrez Maté, Miguel. 2020. De Palenque a Cabinda: un paso necesario para los estudios afroiberorrománicos y criollos. Gabriele Knauer, Alexandra Ortiz Wallner & Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger (eds.), Mundos caribeños – Caribbean Worlds – Mondes Caribéens. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 105-138.

    Lipski, John M. 2020. Palenquero and Spanish in Contact: Exploring the interface. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

    Schryver, Gilles-Maurice / Grollemund, Rebecca /Branford, Simon /Bostoen, Koen. 2015. Introducing a state‑of‑the‑art phylogenetic classification of the Kikongo Language Cluster. Africana Linguistica 21: 87-162

    Schwegler, Armin. 2016. Combining Population Genetics with Historical Linguistics: On the African Origins of the Latin America Black and Mulatto Populations. In: Sessarego, Sandro/Tejedo, Fernando (eds.): Spanish Language and Sociolinguistic Analysis. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Selinker, Larry. 1972. Interlanguage. International Review of Applied Linguistics 10(3). 209–241.

    Winford, Donald. 2008. Processes of Creole formation and related contact-induced language change. Journal of Language Contact 2/1. 124-145

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  • Mon
    04
    Oct
    2021

    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
    2:15-2:45 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
    2:45-3.15 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

     

    Contact:

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

    Lorenzo Maselli (lorenzo.maselli@ugent.be)

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  • Sun
    20
    Jun
    2021

    Talk Heidi Goes

     

    Heidi Goes talked about her research on the Kikongo Language Cluster and her fieldwork in Cabinda on June 20, 2021, as part of a lecture series organized by the Australian Esperanto Association. Her talk is available on Youtube.

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  • Wed
    26
    May
    2021

    Second BantUGent-ILCAA kick-off meeting

    Online

    On May 26, 2021, BantUGent and the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA) in Tokyo (Japan) have the second kick-off meeting of their FWO-JSPS-funded collaborative project on “The Past and Present of Bantu Languages: Integrating Micro-Typology, Historical-Comparative Linguistics and Lexicography“. It also covers BantuFirst research.

     

    9:30-9:40: Opening remarks

     

    9:45-11:15: The first session

    9:45-10:15 Koen Bostoen: “Suffixal phrasemes in Bantu verbal derivation

    10:15-10:45 Nobuko Yoneda: “Properties of the subject in Bantu languages”

    10:45-11:15 Minah Nabirye: “Information Structure in Lusoga: New Corpus-based Research”

     

    11:15-11:30 Coffee

     

    11:30-13:00: The second session

    11:30-12:00 Daisuke Shinagawa: “Morphosyntactic local variation in Chaga

    12:00-12:30 Gilles-Maurice de Schryver: “Bantu lexicography in Asia

    12:30-13:00 General discussion about the project’s research agenda

     

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  • Wed
    12
    May
    2021

    First BantUGent-ILCAA kick-off meeting

    Online

    On May 12, 2021, BantUGent and the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA) in Tokyo (Japan) have the first kick-off meeting of their FWO-JSPS-funded collaborative project on "The Past and Present of Bantu Languages: Integrating Micro-Typology, Historical-Comparative Linguistics and Lexicography". It also covers BantuFirst research.

     

    The meeting is online.  The Zoom link to participate can be obtained via koen.bostoen@ugent.be upon request.

     

    9:30-9:40: Opening remarks

     

    9:45-11:15: The first session

    9:45-10:15 Sara Pacchiarotti: "Phylogenetics and the Comparative Method as tools for the internal classification of West-Coastal Bantu: results and challenges

    10:15-10:45 Lorenzo Maselli: "Phonetic and phonological research on hunter-gatherer substrate interference in the West-Coastal Bantu homeland region: some preliminary results and methodological remarks"

    10:45-11:15 Kyoungwon Jeong: "Micro-parametric research on cross-Bantu phonological microvariation: a test case in Swati"

     

    11:15-11:30 Coffee

     

    11:30-13:00: The second session

    11:30-12:00 Yuka Makino: "Contrastive analysis on the local variation of TAM expressions in M40 and M50"

    12:00-12:30 Makoto Furumoto: "A synchronic and diachronic analysis of the Kimakunduchi final vowel"

    12:30-13:00 Hilde Gunnink: "Language contact between migrating Bantu speakers and resident Khoisan speakers in southern Africa"

     

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    19
    Nov
    2018
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    23
    Nov
    2018

    International Conference on Reconstructing Proto-Bantu Grammar

    UGent, Campus Book Tower

    Program

    MONDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2018

    Venue: Jozef Plateauzaal (Jozef Plateaustraat 22)

    Opening

    08.30: Welcome + Registration

    09.15: Opening address by the organizing committee (Koen Bostoen)

    Chair: Koen Bostoen

    09.30: Thilo Schadeberg (Leiden University) Reconstructing Proto-Bantu Grammar Half a Century after Meeussen (1967)

    10.15: Rebecca Grollemund (University of Missouri) and Lutz Marten (SOAS) Reconstructing Proto-Bantu in the Light of the Latest Insights into Bantu Phylogeny

    11.00: Coffee break

    Proto-Bantu Phonology

    Chair: Rozenn Guérois

    11.30: Nancy Kula (University of Essex) Proto-Bantu Segmental Phonology

    12.15: Gérard Philippson (DDL, Lyon) Double Reflexes’ Revisited: Implications for the Proto-Bantu Consonant System

    13.00: Lunch break

    14.00: Lotta Aunio (University of Helsinki) & Jacky Maniacky (RMCA, Tervuren) Proto-Bantu Nominal Tone

    14.45: Michael Marlo (University of Missouri) Proto-Bantu Verbal Tone

    15.30: Larry Hyman (University of California, Berkeley) Causative and Passive H tone: Spurious or Proto?

    16.15: Coffee break

    16.45: Round table discussion (Council Room Faculty Arts & Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 1st floor)

    18.00: Closure

     

    TUESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2018

    Venue: Jozef Plateauzaal (Jozef Plateaustraat 22)

    Chair: Gilles-Maurice de Schryver

    Proto-Bantu Verbal Form

    09.30: Jeff Good (University at Buffalo) & Tom Güldemann (Humboldt University of Berlin) Proto-Bantu Verbal Form 

    Proto-Bantu Verbal Derivation

    10.15: Roger Blench (Kay Williamson Educational Foundation) Proto-Bantu Verbal Extensions from a Bantoid Perspective

    11.00: Coffee break

    11.30: Sara Pacchiarotti (Ghent University) On the reconstructable main clause functions of Proto-Bantu applicative suffix *-ɪd

    12.15: Rozenn Guérois (Ghent University) Proto-Bantu Passive Constructions

    13.00: Lunch Break

    14.00: Sebastian Dom (Ghent University) & Leonid Kulikov (Ghent University) Proto-Bantu Middle Voice: From Meeussen to Schadeberg and Beyond

    14.45: Koen Bostoen (Ghent University) Non-Compositional Complex Verbal Derivation Suffixes and the Semantic Reconstruction of *-an in Proto-Bantu

    15.30: Coffee Break

    16.00: Round table discussion (Council Room Faculty Arts & Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 1st floor)

    17.15: Proto-Bantu QUIZ (Sara Pacchiarotti & Koen Bostoen)

    18.00: Closure

     

    WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2018

    Excursion to the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren

    Venue: CODA building, room 333, Leuvensesteenweg 17, 3080 Tervuren

    08.15: Departure to Tervuren by bus (in front of main entrance Plateau building, Jozef Plateaustraat 22)

    Welcome

    10.15: Welcome address at the RMCA

    Chair: Sebastian Dom

    10.30: Maud Devos (RMCA, Tervuren) Recent Research on the Biography of Achiel Emiel Meeussen in Relation to Bantu Grammatical Reconstructions (1967)

    11.15: Coffee break

    Proto-Bantu Tense, Aspect and Polarity

    11.30: Derek Nurse (Independent Scholar) Proto-Bantu Tense and Aspect

    12.15: John Watters (SIL International) Proto-Bantu Tense from a Benue-Congo Perspective

    13.00: Lunch break

    14.00: Thera Crane (University of Helsinki) & Bastian Persohn (University of Hamburg) Proto-Bantu Lexical Aspect

    14.45:  Coffee break

    15.00: Round table discussion

    16:15: Guided pre-view and visit of the renovated Royal Museum for Central Africa

    18.15: Back to Ghent

     

    THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2018

    Venue: Council Room Faculty Arts & Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 1st floor

    Proto-Bantu Verbal Morphosyntax

    Chair: Sara Pacchiarotti

    09.00: Mark Van de Velde (LLACAN, Paris) Proto-Bantu Relative Clauses

    09.45: Hannah Gibson (University of Essex) Proto-Bantu Auxiliary Constructions

    10.30: Coffee break

    11.00: Rasmus Bernander (University of Helsinki) & Maud Devos (RMCA, Tervuren): Proto-Bantu Existentials 

    Proto-Bantu Clausal Syntax and Information Structure

    Chair: Hilde Gunnink

    11.45: Benji Wald (University of California, Berkeley) Some Problems in the Information Structure of Proto-Bantu (& its descendants)

    12.30: Lunch break

    13.30: Fatima Hamlaoui (University of Toronto) Proto-Bantu Word Order

    14.15: Yukiko Morimoto (Humboldt University of Berlin) & Nobuko Yoneda (Osaka University) Proto-Bantu Subject and Topic

    15.00: Jenneke van der Wal (Leiden University) Proto-Bantu Focus Constructions

    15.45: Coffee break

    16.15: Round table discussion

    17.30: Closure

    19.00: Conference Dinner (La Cave, Emile Braunplein 15)

     

    FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2018

    Venue: Council Room Faculty Arts & Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 1st floor

    Chair: Jacky Maniacky

    Proto-Bantu Clausal Syntax and Information Structure (Continued)

    09.00: Laura Downing (Gothenburg University) Prosodic Phrasing in Proto-Bantu

    09.45: Tom Güldemann (Humboldt University of Berlin) Meeussen's (1967) 'advance verb construction' - what to reconstruct?

    10.30: Dmitri Idiatov (LLACAN, Paris) Proto-Bantu Question Words

    11.15: Coffee break

    Proto-Bantu Nominal Morphosyntax

    Chair: Maud Devos

    11.45: Josephat M. Rugemalira (University of Dar es Salaam) Proto-Bantu Noun Phrase Structure

    12.30: Lunch break

    13.30: Jean Paul Ngoboka (University of Rwanda) Proto-Bantu Locatives

    14.15: Jean-Georges Kamba Muzenga (Lubumbashi University) Proto-Bantu Substitutives and Possessives

    15.00: Coffee break

    Closure

    15.30: Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (Ghent University) Bibliometrics in Bantu Lexical and Grammatical Reconstructions: A.E. Meeussen and Beyond

    16.15: Round table discussion + round-up (proceedings, future meetings, online platform, etc.)

    17.30: Closing words (Koen Bostoen)

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