Language Use In Interethnic Marriage Ceremonies In Greater Accra

ABSTRACT

Accra, the capital city of Ghana, is highly multilingual and has a fair representation of most of the major languages in the country. In this regard, a lot of intercultural activities are expected to occur. This study explores an underrated importance of language use in forming congenial relationships during intercultural encounters such as interethnic marriage ceremonies in Greater Accra. The study analyses how language is negotiated and used during these ceremonies. It reveals that the languages to be used for the ceremonies are often negotiated for prior to the day of the ceremony. Using Fairclough’s (1995) model of Critical Discourse Analysis, the study shows language imperialism and misinterpretation as some of the problems associated with language usage within the context of interethnic marriage ceremonies. The study also examines the socio-pragmatic factors that inform the language choices of speakers during the course of the ceremonies following Myers-Scotton’s (1993) Marked Model. It shows that speakers make marked choices for the purposes of giving directives, to accommodate other interlocutors, to sing songs and for quotations. 


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APA

Nuworsu, A (2021). Language Use In Interethnic Marriage Ceremonies In Greater Accra. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/language-use-in-interethnic-marriage-ceremonies-in-greater-accra

MLA 8th

Nuworsu, Anastasia "Language Use In Interethnic Marriage Ceremonies In Greater Accra" Afribary. Afribary, 06 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/language-use-in-interethnic-marriage-ceremonies-in-greater-accra. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

MLA7

Nuworsu, Anastasia . "Language Use In Interethnic Marriage Ceremonies In Greater Accra". Afribary, Afribary, 06 Apr. 2021. Web. 20 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/language-use-in-interethnic-marriage-ceremonies-in-greater-accra >.

Chicago

Nuworsu, Anastasia . "Language Use In Interethnic Marriage Ceremonies In Greater Accra" Afribary (2021). Accessed July 20, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/language-use-in-interethnic-marriage-ceremonies-in-greater-accra