Research Papers/Topics in Ghanaian Languages

A Morpho-Semantic Analysis Of Mfantse Neologisms In Some Radio Stations In The Central Region

ABSTRACT This thesis sought to investigate the semantics and morphology of Mfantse neologisms, to highlight the most common word formation process used in their formation, the neologism type common in Mfantse and the meanings that are attributed to these neologisms since neologisms form a highly relevant linguistic category for such reasons as follows: they are the elements that make a language living and dynamic rather than dead, they are indicative of language change and they ...

A SOCIO-CULTURAL ANALYSIS OF BƖRFOR PERSONAL NAMES..

ABSTRACT It is widely accepted that in all societies, personal name practices and cultures are intertwined (Ngubane and Thabathe, 2013). However, this reality is more pronounced in the African society where personal names are not just appellations bestowed on individuals to identify them in the community but rather words that reflect the world view of the people. This is also applicable to the Bιrfor people of Ghana. Among the Bιrfor, the name-giver chooses a name that truly not only ...

PHONOLOGICAL AND MORPHOLOGICAL ADAPTATION OF LOANWORDS IN DAGBANI

ABSTRACT The study investigates phonological and morphological adaptation of loanwords in Dagbani, a Mabia (Gur) language spoken in the Northern part of Ghana. In contrast to existing literature in the language, this study examines a typology of loanwords adaptation in Dagbani. Data of 260 loanwords were drawn from existing literature, Dagbani dictionary, elicitation and my native intuition, and analysis was cast within the theoretical framework of Basic Linguistic Theory of Dixon (1997...

THE RIDDLING TRADITION OF THE FAREFARI PEOPLE: THE SOLENGIREGA

ABSTRACT The study is about the Gurenɛ riddle which precedes the narration of the folktale in most instances, among the Farefari people in the Upper-East Region of Ghana. The study examined the types of riddles, their themes, characteristics, composition and performance, and their functions as it pertains during the narration of the folktale and riddles. The riddle is an oral genre performed among the people of the Farefari society. Riddling serves as a major form of entertainment among...

KASASU A ϽWϽ MFANTSE MPAAYI AHOROW MU

DWUMADZI YI N’ENYIDO Nhwehwɛmu yi fa kasasu a ͻwͻ Mfantse mpaayi ahorow mu ho. Nhwehwɛmu yi kͻr do wͻ Mfantseman mu, ͻyɛ Ekumfi Nanaben, Ekumfi Ebuakwa, Mankɛsemu, Asebu na Gomoa Asen. Menam nsɛmbisa do nye nwoma bi a enyimdzefo bi akyerɛw do nyaa mboano nsɛm no. Migyinaa mboano nsɛm no do dze yii nhwehwɛmu no ho nsɛmbisa no ano. Medze enyim na enyim nsɛmbisa, nwoma mu mpaayi horow ebiasa na dza ͻkͻr do wͻ eguabͻ horow ase boaboaa me mboanosɛm ano. Sɛ iyi ...

NKRATO} AKWANHODO}: NHWEHWƐMU A ƐFA AHYƐN HO NTWERƐEƐ HO W} SEFWI WIAWSO MANSINI MU

MMOANO Nhwehwjmu yi botaej ne sj jbjhwehwj nkratoc akwanhodoc titire no, ahyjn ho ntwerjej a jwc Sehwi Wiawso mansini mu. Afei jbjhwj nkyerjasej ahodoc a ahyjnwuranom, ahyjnkafoc ne ahyjntiafoc de ma, mfomsoc a jwc ntwerjej no mu ne jmu nsiesie. Megyina kwalitetif akwankyerj so na jdii me dwuma no. Mefaa ahyjn ahanu (200) a wcn ho ntwerjej no yj Asante Twi ne Sehwi kasa. Afei mene nnipa ahanu aduonum- num (255) a wcn mu ahanu (200) yj ahyjnwuranom ne ahyjnkafoc, aduonum yj ahyjnt...

LITERARY ANALYSIS OF FAREFARI WOMEN SONGS

ABSTRACT This study examines a literary appreciation of fifteen Anaanuurɛ Pɔgesi yuuma (APY), a genre of music among the Farefari people. The Farefari people are the speakers of Gurenɛ; Mmabia language, spoken by about 500,000 people, in the Upper East Region of Ghana. The study established that, women groups that sing these songs are an evolution from a long singing tradition among women in the Farefari community. With regard to the nature of the songs, the songs can be catego...

THE STRUCTURE AND STYLE OF THE GA LIBATION TEXT

ABSTRACT This study was fundamentally conducted to find the structure and style of libation prayer text among the Ga. It further looked at the concept of libation and its significance among the Ga. Purposive sampling was used to select the Ga Mashie Community for the study. Qualitative research was adopted for the study. The researcher collected data through observation, interview and documentation. The sample population for the study was twenty (20): comprising ten (10) elders in...

A SYNTACTIC ANALYSIS OF BE (THAT) IN E#E

ABSTRACT Be, the unit under study, is realised as /bέ/, /bé/ or /bəʹ/ across the E3eme, T4`u and A`l4 dialects of the E3e language respectively. It has as an equivalent, “that” in the English language, s1 in Akan and ake in Ga. S1 and that have been studied widely as complementizers but be, according to Clements (1975), is a prepositional verb synonymous with the verb gbl4 (to say) in E3e. This study therefore sought to ascertain what kind of unit be actually is on the p...

THE STRUCTURE AND STYLE OF THE DAGBAMBA DIRGE

ABSTRACT This thesis discusses the structure and style of Dagbamba dirges, (a Gur-language spoken in the northern part of Ghana). It examines the significance of these songs to the Dagbamba as part of their social events which seek to usher the dead into eternal life. The study outlines sample Dagbamba dirges (9 dirges in all), examines the logical divisions as well as some literary devices used in these dirges. The study shows that these devices play a vital role in the appreciati...

LITERARY ANALYSIS OF THE GONJA DIRGE

ABSTRACT This thesis is a literary analysis of fourteen Gonja dirges using descriptive theory as an analytical tool. The Gonja people are the speakers of Ngbanyato, a Kwa language spoken by about 500,000 people in the newly created Savannah regionand other regions of Ghana. The data used for this study was taken from a collection of dirges recorded on  funeral grounds from Busunu in the West Gonja district of the Savannah region. Some dirges were also taken from Amidu (2013) (lectur...

SERIAL VERB CONSTRUCTIONS IN GONJA

ABSTRACT This research investigates serial verb constrictions in Gonja, one of the Guan languages spoken in the Savanna Region of Ghana, from the language family called Kwa. The phenomenon of serial verb constructions has not received any serious attention in the Gonja language. This thesis therefore aims to filling in the gap in the literature by looking at the types and the general features of serial verb constructions in Gonja. The research is purely a descriptive one. Primary and sec...

The Syntax and Semantics of Phrasal Verbs in Nzema

ABSTRACT The focus of this thesis is to offer an analysis of the syntax and semantics of phrasal verbs in Nzema, a Kwa language spoken mainly in southwestern Ghana and Ivory Coast, by about 330,000 people. This study demonstrated that the Nzema phrasal verb has two compositional elements: a verb and a postposition. It further showed through the principle of transitivity that Nzema phrasal verb can occur in intransitive, transitive and in both transitive and intransitive construction...

THE CONCEPT OF TOTEMISM IN RELATION TO CONSERVATION OF CERTAIN SPECIES OF ANIMALS IN JIRAPA MUNICIPALITY

ABSTRACT The study examines the concept of totemism in Dagaaba clans in the Jirapa Municipality in the Upper West Region. Dagaare is a Mabia spoken language in Ghana. The research was conducted in four communities around Jirapa and its environment. The target communities were Sigri, Ullo, Sabuli and Jirapa Township. The researcher used purposive sampling technique to elicit the data. The instruments used to collect the data were unstructured interview and participatory observation. The a...

THE STRUCTURE, STYLE AND THEMES IN MANYA KROBO WORK SONGS

ABSTRACT This thesis examines structure, style and themes in Manya Krobo work songs. The structure, style and theme of work songs used among the people of Manya Krobo have not been investigated as done for other languages. The research discussed the aesthetic values of these work songs among the people of Manya Krobo. Primary data were used for the analysis. The data collection was done through recording and personal consultation through observation. The study has revealed various and varied ...


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