BaSIS project

The project ‘Bantu Syntax and Information Structure’ is funded by an NWO Vidi award, and runs from December 2017-2022 at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

The BaSIS project investigates the influence of information structure on nominal licensing in Bantu languages. The research diagnoses multiple aspects of information structure for nine Bantu languages to document how these are expressed in each language.

The new data will contribute to a better understanding of the grammar of the individual languages, and reveal crosslinguistic patterns in the expression of information structure. With these new insights we aim to improve the existing syntactic model, specifically of nominal licensing, to better fit the Bantu languages and their variation.

For more information, please visit the BaSIS website.