Browsing African Studies Program by Subject "sociolinguistics"

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  • Obeng, Samuel Gyasi (Maney Publishing, 1998)
    This paper discusses the content and types of Akan death-prevention names. It provides a structural linguistic analysis of the morphology of these names and presents a socio- and ethnolinguistic account of the death-prevention ...
  • Obeng, Samuel Gyasi (West African Linguistic Society, 1989)
    Phonetic features have function relevance for conversational participants. I provide evidence from three natural conversations ( in Akan) to show that turn-taking correlates with such phonetic features as tempo and rhythm. ...
  • Obeng, Samuel Gyasi (Mouton de Gruyter, 2000)
    Graffiti act as a medium through which political (including socio-political unmentionables are mentioned without the writer attracting any political or social sanctions. Graffiti in Legon (Ghana) have anonymous authors. ...
  • Obeng, Samuel Gyasi (Mouton de Gruyter, 1997)
    During hypocoristization in Akan, such morphological processes as compounding and reduplication as well as such (morph)phonological processes as deletion, tonal change, and vowel harmony take place. Akan hypocoristic ...
  • Obeng, Samuel Gyasi (International Pragmatics Association, 1999)
    This paper explores some pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic aspects of the Akan (Ghana, West Africa) native court judicial discourse. It is argued that court officials and litigants use specific content and functional ...
  • Obeng, Samuel Gyasi (Mouton de Gruyter, 1992)
    Natural human conversations are hardly 'error-free', due to the properties of interaction. Repair is therefor a concomitant part of any natural conversation. Phonetic (and sometimes Morpho-syntactic) cues are deployed ...
  • Obeng, Samuel Gyasi (University of Nebraska Press, 1996)
    Among the Akan of Ghana, the proverb is highly valued as a mode of communication. Pragmatically, it may be used in the management of "face." Specifically, it may act as a mitigator that minimizes the offensive intent of ...
  • Obeng, Samuel Gyasi (University of Nebraska Press, 1999)
    This article explores the linguistic and sequential structure of Akan requests which are either direct or indirect. It is shown that direct requests are made as commands and may be preceded by an address form relating to ...

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