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  • LAG 2018 Call For Papers

    LAG 2018


    Dear LAG member, please find the LAG 2018 call for papers below:


    Abstracts are invited for the 11th Linguistics Association of Ghana Annual Conference (LAG 2018), scheduled for July 30 –August 01, 2018 at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra.

    The Conference is under the theme: CURRENT TRENDS IN LANGUAGE STUDIES.

    It is expected that the discussions will focus on the main theme as well as the following sub-themes:

    ·         Language for Specific Purposes              Corpus linguistics

    ·         Academic Language and Learning          Language Teaching and Learning

    ·         Effective Language Uses                         Indigenous Language Usage

    ·         Discourse Analysis                                  Language and Politics

    ·         Language and Communication               Language Endangerment

    ·         Cultural Linguistics                                 Language and Literature

    Abstracts from core areas of linguistics such as Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Applied Linguistics, and Sociolinguistics are also strongly encouraged and expected.


    ·         Anonymous single-spaced abstracts addressing the theme of the Conference and other areas of Linguistics mentioned above should be sent electronically


    ·         Author details including names, title of paper, institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses should be sent on a separate sheet to the same address.

    ·         Abstracts should be in word format and an additional PDF format should be provided for abstracts containing special characters or figures.

    Each paper will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 min. for discussion.

    Word Limit of Abstract: 250 words

    Deadline for Abstract Submission (Extended): May 31, 2018
    Notification of Acceptance: June 15, 2018

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  • LAG 2016 Programme

    CONFERENCE 2016:
    LAG 2016

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    9th Linguistics Association of Ghana Annual Conference (LAG 2016), Tuesday July 26th –Thursday July 28th, 2016 at the Ghana Institute of Linguistics Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT), Tamale.

    (Click the PDF Icon Below for a Downloadable PDF Version of the Programme)

    LAG 2016 Programme


    Tuesday, JULY 26, 2016



    Registration of Participants


    • Opening Prayer
    • Welcome Address: Dr. Paul Schaefer
    • Opening Remarks & Introduction of Chair-person: Dr. Charles Marfo (President, LAG)

    • Chairman’s Response
    • Musical Interlude



    Keynote Address: Dr. Paul Opoku Mensah, Director, GILLBT

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    10:30am-11.00:   COCOA/COFFEE/TEA BREAK

    MORNING SESSION (11.00 am – 1.00 pm)


    ROOM 1


    Chair: Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon

     ROOM 2


    Chair:  Dr. Paul Schaefer

    ROOM 3


    Chair: Dr. Evershed Amuzu


    Relativization in Kusaal

    Abubakari Hasiyatu

    What’s in a name? West-African retentions and innovation in plant names from Curaçao and Suriname

    Tinde van Andel, Margot van den Berg & Mireia Alcantara Rodriguez

    The Morpho-Syntax of Some Proverbial Names of Persons in Mampruli

    Fatawu Amidu


    The Place of the Akan Object Pronouns in a Syntagmatic Grammatical Relation and its Representation

    Michael Damoah & Bernard Ampong

    Epistemic modal verbs in research articles written by Ghanaian and international scholars: a corpus-based study of three disciplines

    Richmond Sadick Ngula

    The Derivational Processes of Personal day-names in Akan

    Kwasi Adomako


    Tense and Aspect System of Sɛlɛɛ

    Yvonne Agbetsoamedo

    Dagara Personal Names

    Nerius Kuubezelle & Moses Kambou

    Psycho-social and Cross-cultural Analyses of Personal Names in Ghanaian Cultures

    Nsoh Avea & Gervase Dorzie


    The Syntax of Anaphors in Likpakpaanl

    Samuel Awinkene Atintono, Samuel Issah & Samuel Owoahene Acheampong

    Inserting Native Languages In Translation – A Case Study Russian, English And Akan

    Albert Antwi Boasiako

    A Morphological Analysis of Akan Days-of-the Week and Day-Names

    Seth Antwi Ofori

    1.00 – 1: 45pm:  LUNCH PERIOD

    AFTERNOON SESSION (2.30pm – 5.00pm)


     ROOM 1


    Chair: Dr. Samuel A. Atintono

     ROOM 2


    Chair : Dr. J. Dzahene-Quarshie

     ROOM 3


    Chair: Dr. Kofi Adu Manyah


    Vowel Harmony Systems in Two South-Guan languages (Efutu and Leteh): A case of Dominant Language Influence

    Nana Ama Agyeman &  Mercy Akrofi Ansah

    An Inquiry into Teaching of English in Avatime Community in Ghana

    Brian S. Akrong

    Problème D’emploi du Passé Composé par les Étudiants du Fle au Département de Français À L’University of Education Winneba

    E. K. Afari &  D. K. Ayi-Adzimah


    The Tonal Phonology of Tense, Aspect and Polarity (TAP) marking in Buli

    George Akanlig-Pare

    The Place of Code-Switching as a Medium of Instruction in Language Classroom in Ghana: A Case Study in the University College of Management Studies, Kumasi Campus

    Theophile Kwame Atonon

    La Place Des Nouvelles Technologies Dans L’enseignement /Apprentissage De L’orthographe En Français Langue Étrangère Au Ghana   

    Essinam Akakpo


    Vowel Harmony in Kiswahili

    Kithaka wa Mberia

    Grammatical and Lexical Errors in Students’ English Writing: The Case of Three Senior High Schools in the Central Region of Ghana      

    Charles Owu-Ewie

    Effective Use Of French For Specific Purposes As A Tool For The Implementation Of Worthwhile Goals: Lessons From The Health Sector

    Sewoenam Chachu & Rojer Kouadjo Appiah


    Tùtrùgbù Loanwords Phonology

    Divine Kormla Gborsi

    Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches: Implication for The Language-Of-Education in Ghana  

     Elvis Yevudey

    Object Pronominalization in French Negative Forms of Simple Sentences: The Case of SHS Learners in The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.

    Anthony Okyere-Dadzie & Moses Kwadwo Kambou


    Phonological Adaptation of English Loanwords in Dangme

    Regina O. Caesar and Prosper T. Akortia

    Anti-violence-violence: Critical reflections on Kourouma’s Salimata in The Suns of Independence through Fanon’s Lenses.

    Mawuloe Koffi Kodah & Daniel Okyere-Darko Nsowah

    Grassroots Safaliba language and literacy: local practices reshaping schooling

    Ari Sherris, Paul Schaefer, Aworo Samua Mango, Fatima Kosiaku, Moses Gbolo, Abdulai Adams & Mohammed Issahaku 




    WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016

    MORNING SESSION (8.30 – 11.00)


    ROOM 1


    Chair: Dr. Margot van den Berg

     ROOM 2


    Chair: Dr. Rebecca Akpanglo-Nartey

     ROOM 3


    Chair: Dr. Clement K. I. Appah


    Diglossia in Postcolonial Contexts: Towards a New Theory?

    Gabriel Edzordzi Agbozo

    Conceptual Implications on The Usage of Ŋù in Ewe

    Emmanuel Dogbey

    Akan and Yorùbá Serial Verb Construction Nominals as Idioms

    bádélé Kambon


    Like the Colourful Kente Cloth: Language Choice at Interethnic Marriage Ceremonies in Accra

    Evershed Amuzu, Grace Diabah & Anastasia Nuworsu

    An account of cognitive cultural effects for ‘Agent’ or ‘character’ cognition in Ewe figurative language

    Emmanuel Dogbey & Linda Chinelo Nkamigbo

    Conceptualization of Temperature and their metaphorical Usage of Akan

    Emmanuel Addofoh


    Stigmatizing the Solution Away: Expressions of Adolescent Pregnancy in some Ghanaian Languages.

    Reginald Akuoko Duah & Priscilla Letsa Demi

    Citizens’ use of metaphors in political discourse in Ghana

    Emmanuel Amo Ofori

    Meboa Anaa?: Question and Disjunction in Akan

    Charles Marfo


    Multilingualism and Language Practices among Nigerien (Im)Migrants in Ghana

    Nana Aba A. Amfo, Evershed Amuzu & Yvonne Nutakor

    Love and Death Conceptualized in Seven Ghanaian Languages

     Ari Sherris, Samuel Atintono, Prosper Teye Akortia, Kenneth Bodua Mango

    Habiba Alhassan, Dahamani Alhassan, Samuel Amoh , Essien Seth Nketia & Kotchi Shaibu

    Motion in Toposa: Is Toposa a Verb Frame or Satellite Frame Language?

    Helga Schroeder


    Power and Domination as Persuasive Tools in Discourse of Christian Events in the Cape Coast Metropolis of Ghana

    Klinogo Ransford Gameli, Gloria Akwetteh, Portia Mamle Angmorteh

    Metaphors Encoding Inalienability

    Josephine Dzahene-Quarshie

    Morpho-Syntax of Causatives in Kwa

    Reginald Akuoko Duah

    11.00-11.30: COCOA/TEA/COFFEE BREAK


     ROOM 1


    Chair: Dr. Grace Diabah

     ROOM 2


    Chair: Dr. Seth Antwi Ofori

    ROOM 3


    Chair: Prof. Nana Aba A. Amfo


    Critical Examination of Images of Contention and Violence in Dagara and Akan Proverbial Expressions

    Martin Kyiileyang, Michelle Ama Debrah & Rebecca Williams

    An Overview of the Formation of Content Questions in Sɩsaalɩ

    Irene Basimaga Dumah

    The Role of Pitch (Mis)Match in Signaling (Dis)Agreement in Ghanaian English Discourse

    Charlotte Fofo Lomotey & Monica Amoah Apenteng


    Critical Examination of the Orphan Motif in Dagara Folktales

    Martin Kyiileyang

    Focus Exhaustivity in Dagbanli

    Abdul-Razak-Inusah & Edward Salifu Mahama

    Towards Standardisation of Ghanaian English – The Case of UEW Students

    Cynthia Logogye & Amma Abrafi Adjei


    Literary Analysis Of Kukula Praise Songs

    Abdul-Hakim Umar

    On the Alienable Possessive Construction in Tɔŋúgbe, A Dialect of the Ewe Language

    Promise Dodzi Kpoglu

    Ghanaian English Consonants Revisited

    John F. Wiredu, Jemima Anderson & Gladys Ansah


    Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Factors in the Development of the Orthography of Kenyen

    Oksana Korshunova-Larrey

    On  Predication of Adjectives in Ga

    Yvonne Akwele Amankwaa Ollennu

    The Structure And Function Of Prominence In Nonnative Speaker Instructional Discourse: The Case Of Ghanaian English

    Gifty Osei-Bonsu & Charlotte Fofo Lomotey

    1.30pm: SOCIAL PROGRAM


    THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016

    MORNING SESSION (8.30am – 10.30 am)


     ROOM 1


    Chair: Dr. Charlotte Fofo Lomotey

     ROOM 2


    Chair: Dr. Charles Owu-Ewie

     ROOM 3


    Chair: Dr. Grace Ansah


    Sociolinguistic Analysis of Vowel Lengthening In Ewe

    Pascal Kpodo, Rebecca Akpanglo-Nartey and Georgina Sapaty

    Compounding In Gonja

    Kenneth Bodua-Mango

    A Descriptive Analysis of Antonymy In The Igbo Language

    Thecla Ngozi Udemmadu & Christian Ezenwa Ogwudile


    Vowel Harmony In Sɩsaalɩ

    Moses Dramani Luri

    The Morphology of Affixes In Dagaare

    Gervase Dorzie &  Sanortey Thomas Dikpetey

    “Paddling A Canoe and Preparing Rice Balls”: The Semantics of Tafi Cuisine

    Mercy Bobuafor


    The Loss Of Prenasalisation In Gikuyu; Implication On The Language’s Phonemic Stock And Orthography

    Kenneth Kamuri Ngure

    A Functional Analysis of Reduplicated Words In Akan

    Seth Antwi Ofori & Kofi Korankye Saah

    An Investigation of Politeness Strategies in Likpakpaln ‘Konkomba’

    Abraham Kwesi Bisilki


    Consonant Epenthesis In Dagbani

    Mohammed Osman Nindow

    Compounds In Esahie

    Victoria Owusu Ansah & Clement K. I. Appah

    Investigating Politeness Strategies In Ghanaian Media Panel Discussions

    Kwasi Sarfo-Adu

    10:30am-11.00:   COCOA/COFFEE/TEA BREAK


     ROOM 1


    Chair: Prof. John F. Wiredu

     ROOM 2


    Chair: Dr. Elvis Yevudey

     ROOM 3



    Chair: Dr. Regina Caesar


    Using Wordless Folktales to Improve reading and Writing Skills in Dangme

    Emmanuel Tetteh Atteh

    Compounding in Ewe

    Joy Agama, Anthony Agbadah & Clement K.I. Appah

    Politeness and Politics: Bald-On-Record as a Politeness Strategy in Parliamentary Discourse

    Ebenezer Ghampson & Peter Kofi Afful


    The Status of Women in Gurenɛ Proverbs

    James Abbabila Azure

    Compounding in Dangme

    Richard Ayertey Lawer & Clement K. I. Appah

    The Pragmatics of  ‘Koraa’  in English in Ghana

    Jemima Asabea Anderson


    Characterization of Birifor Folktales

    Gervase Dorzie & Thomas Dikpetey Sanortey

    A Discourse Analysis of Official Press Releases Issued by the Government of Ghana and State Institutions in the Energy Sector During ‘Dumsor’ (2013-2015)

    Asare Okae-Anti and Naa Korkor Leeyoo Watson Nortey

    The role of “Mmm” and “Oh’ in Listeners Responds  in Natural Conversation :

    The Case of Ga

    Ruby Otoo


    Convergent and Divergent Conceptions  of Gender in Akan and Swahili Proverbs

    Josephine Dzahene-Quarshie & Shani Omari

    A Semiotic Investigation of the 2015 Governorship Election Campaign, Posters and Billboards in Lagos State

    Iyabode Omolara Daniel

    Focus in Gua

    Monica Amoah Apenteng

    1.00 – 2.15pm:  LUNCH PERIOD/ACLS AHP Application Workshop

     AFTERNOON SESSION (2.30pm – 5.00pm)


     ROOM 1


    Chair: Dr. Akanlig-Pare

     ROOM 2


    Chair: Dr. Grace Ansah

     ROOM 3


    Analysis of the Use of Transitivity in the 2016 State of Nation’s Address by President John Dramani Mahama

    Klinogo G. Ransford, Portia Mamle Angmorteh, Gloria Akwetteh

    The Sociolinguistics Wearing The Traditional Cloth Among Gas

    Yvonne Akwele Amankwaa Ollennu & Patience Obeng


    Parentheses as Salutary Semantic Digression in Kourouma’s Narratives: A Reading of The Suns of Independence and Allah Is Not Obliged

    Mawuloe Koffi Kodah & Anukuare Aku Tchimavor

    Language Barrier as Hindrance to Information Dissemination: A Critical Observation

    Juliet Oppong-Asare & Philomena Yeboah


    The Falling Tone in Dholuo

    Jane Akinyi Ngala Oduor

    Minorisation of Indigenous Languages in Education and Governance in Nigeria

    Kehinde A. Ayoola

    4.00 pm:  CLOSING / FAREWELL

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  • Journal



    Ghana Journal of Linguistics


    Hard copies of the Ghana Journal of Linguistics

    The GJL is published only on-line, at  However, print-on-demand paper copies may be ordered.

    Price:  Delivery in Ghana: GH¢ 30.00

    Elsewhere in the world, delivery by DHL included: US$50.00

    To place your order and receive payment instructions please contact:

    Be sure to specify the issue you want and your full mailing address if needed.




    The Ghana Journal of Linguistics is now available on line, open access, through AJOL at:


    Ghana Journal of Linguistics is the Association’s internationally peer-reviewed journal. It is not a journal of Ghanaian linguistics or of linguistics in Ghana, hence there is no restriction as to languages or topics to be dealt with, or theoretical orientation. It is published twice a year.

    Hard copies of volume 2 (both issues) of GJL are available as print-on-demand for GHS30.00.

    Call for Papers

    Call for Papers :: PDF File

    Guidelines for Submissions to GJL

    Guidelines for Submissions to GJL :: PDF File

    Preferred formats for References

    Preferred formats for References :: PDF File

    Editorial Committee

    Dr. Obadele Kambon (UG - Editor in Chief)



    Prof E. Kweku Osam (UG - Consulting Editor)

    Prof Mary Esther Kropp-Dakubu (UG)

    Dr. G. S. Adika (UG)

    Prof. N. A. A. Amfo (UG)

    Dr. J. A. Anderson (UG)

    Dr. C. Marfo (KNUST)


    The abstracts and table of contents for the first issue of the Association’s journal: Ghana Journal of Linguistics (GJoL) vol 1, no 1 can be viewed below.


    Ghana Journal of Linguistics 1.1   Abstracts :: PDF File

    Table of Contents:

    Ghana Journal of Linguistics 1.1   Table of Contents :: PDF File

    The abstracts and table of contents for the second issue of the Association’s journal: Ghana Journal of Linguistics (GJoL) vol 1, no 2 can be viewed below.


    Ghana Journal of Linguistics 1.2   Abstracts :: PDF File

    Table of Contents:

    Ghana Journal of Linguistics 1.2  Table of Contents :: PDF File

    Editorial Board

    Thomas Bearth (Switzerland)

    Gudrun Miehe (Germany)

    Felix Ameka (Netherlands)

    John Singler (USA NYU)

    Paul Kerswill (UK Lancaster)

    Ozo Ndimele (Nigeria, Port Harcourt)

    E. Abakah (Ghana UEW)

    D.D. Kuupole (Ghana Cape Coast)

    Kwesi Yankah (Ghana UG)

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