Show simple item record Obeng, Samuel Gyasi 2008-08-04T14:32:36Z 2008-08-04T14:32:36Z 1999
dc.identifier.citation Obeng, Samuel Gyasi. "Grammatical pragmatics: power in Akan judicial discourse." Pragmatics 9, no. 2 (1999): 199-229. en
dc.description This article was posted with the permission of the International Pragmatics Association. en
dc.description.abstract 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 words, idioms, and other implicit expressions, as well as phonetic resources like mezzoforte and pianissimo loudness to express power, politeness, and a range of attitudes and relationships such as distancing, anger, closeness, and politeness phenomena. Finally, the paper demonstrates that some judicial communication strategies employed by the interactional participants to indicate power in the native courts, may also be found in ordinary Akan conversation. en
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dc.subject discourse analysis en
dc.subject sociolinguistics en
dc.subject pragmatics en
dc.subject West Africa en
dc.subject Ghana en
dc.title Grammatical pragmatics: power in Akan judicial discourse en
dc.type Article en

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