Bantu Language Digital Archive (BantuDArc)

This archive is a collection of text, audio, and plots of data from Bantu languages. The dataset is based on data collected as part of diverse groups of Bantu languages. As of March 31, 2022, resources from 5 Bantu languages (Bende, Rundi, Rwa, Swahili, Xitsonga) are available.


    Bantu Language Digital Archive

  • PISeunghun J. Lee (International Christian U & University of Venda)
  • PIDaisuke Shinagawa (AA-ken)
  • AssistantKiara Johnson (International Christian University): 2021.8~2022.3
  • AssistantChrisanne Tuaño (International Christian University): 2021.8~2022.3
  • AssistantSayaka Manabe (International Christian University): 2021.8~2022.3
  • Assistant Paris B. Fleming (International Christian University): 2021.12~2022.3
  • AssistantRachel Liu (International Christian University): 2021.12~2022.3
  • AssistantNatsumi Taniguchi (International Christian University): 2021.12~2022.3
  • AssistantCeline Tuaño (International Christian University): 2021.12~2022.3
  • AssistantShigeto Kamano (International Christian University): 2021.4~2022.3
  • Bantu Language Projects

  • ResearcherSeunghun J. Lee (International Christian U & University of Venda), Xitsonga
  • ResearcherYuko Abe (Lanzhou University), Bende
  • ResearcherDaisuke Shinagawa (AA-ken), Rwa
  • ResearcherKumiko Miyazaki (Swahili), Swahili

Funded by

This Archive

IRC project titled ‘Building a digital archive of Bantu languages’ granted by IRC in 2021 FY.

JSPS KAKENHI Grant (B) #21KK0005 (JSAntu) (2021.12-2027.3) "Microvariation in Bantu languages of South Africa: building theories from typology data"s

Xitsonga projects

Linguistics Research Grant, National Science Foundation, Linguistics Division #1147083 (2012-2015) PI: Elizabeth Selkirk, Co-PI: Gorka Elodiorta, Seunghun Lee) Effects of syntactic constituency on the phonology and phonetics of tone

JSPS Kakenhi Grant (C) 16K02641 (2016.4-2019.3) Phonetic typology of consonant-tone interaction

JSPS Invitational Fellowship S16106 (2016.10.1.-31.) Dr. M. Crous Hlongwani Investigating understudied syntactic structures of Xitsonga

JSPS Kakenhi Grant (C) 20K00578 (2020.4-2023.3) A crosslinguistic study of prosody of particles: Japanese and Bantu languages [POP]

Bende project

JSPS Kakenhi Grant (C) 26370477 (2014.4.-2019.3) Studies on people's migration and language contacts around Lake Tanganyika

Rwa project

JSPS Kakenhi Grant (C) 19K00568 (2019.4. - 2022.3) A micro-typological study of inter-parametric covariation in Bantu languages

Kirundi project

JSPS's Core-to-Core Program: B. Asia-Africa Science Platforms (2018-2020) Establishment of a Research Network for Exploring the Linguistic Diversity and Linguistic Dynamism in Africa. [Extended to 2022.3 due to COVID-19]

Swahili project

JSPS Kakenhi Grant (C) 20K00578 (2020.4-2023.3) A crosslinguistic study of prosody of particles: Japanese and Bantu languages [POP]


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  • The entire website

    Lee, Seunghun J. and Daisuke Shinaga. 2022. Bantu Language Digital Archive (BantuDArc), Digital collection managed by Information Resources Center at Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. URL: https://BantuDArc.aa-ken.jp
  • Metadata

    Johnson, Kiara, Sayaka Manabe, Chrisanne M. Tuaño (Eds.) (2022) International Christian University Working Papers in Linguistics 21: Bantu Language Digital Archive. Tokyo, Japan: International Christian University.


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  • Access to the database materials: icu.langdb[at]gmail.com
  • General questions: icu.langdb[at]gmail.com
  • Technical questions: ilcadj1[at]aa.tufs.ac.jp
Revision History
  • 2022: Website Release (Home, About, Language & Resources)