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Department of Linguistics
P.O. Box 61
Universrity of Ghana, Legon,
Accra, Ghana


Bio Data
Dr. Kofi Agyekum

 

Cell Phone: (020) 813-6215
Office: 021-500-537
E-mail:kofiagyekum@hotmail.com
EDUCATION


Senior Lecturer at the Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana.

Ph. D University of Ghana, M. Phil. Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim in Norway. BA University of Ghana, and Diploma in Akan Language School of Ghana Languages, Ajumako.

 

 



MAJOR AREAS OF RSEARCH
 

(a) Linguistic Anthropology, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Conversational Analysis, Ethnography of Communication, Language and Culture, Sociolinguistics, Stylistics, Semantics, Translation, Language and the Media

(b) Terminology and Metalanguage Lexicology and Lexicography

(c) Akan Oral and Written Literature, Akan Language Usage
(d) Teaching Akan/Twi as a Second Language to Americans and Europeans
(e) Expert in Akan Culture and Akan Folklore
(f) Expert in Akan Verbal Taboos

I lecture in some of these fields and research in others at the University of Ghana.

My Ph. D dissertation at the University of Ghana was on Akan Linguistics: Metalanguage and Terminology. I developed in the Akan language to be used in teaching Akan.

 

REFEEREED JOURNALS AND REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

 
Agyekum, Kofi (2004). ‘The Sociocultural Concept of Face in Akan communication.’ Journal of Pragmatics and Cognition. Vol. 12.1 71-92.

Agyekum, Kofi (2004). ‘Indigenous Education in African: Evidence from the Akan People of Ghana.’ Journal of Cultural Transmission in the African World (JCTAW) Vol. 1 no.2 2004.

Agyekum, Kofi (2004). Invective Language in Contemporary Ghanaian Politics. Journal of Language and Politics. Vol. 3:2: 345-375.

Agyekum, Kofi (2004). ‘Ntam Reminiscential Oath taboo in Akan.’ Language in Society. Vol. 33 (3).317-342.

Agyekum, Kofi (2004). ‘Aspects of Persuasion in Akan Communication. Forthcoming in Journal of Language and Communication RASK October.

Agyekum, Kofi (2003). ‘Honorifics and Status Indexing in Akan Communication.’ Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development Matters. Vol. 24 No. 5: 369-385(17) October.

Agyekum, Kofi, K. K. Saah, J. Gyekye Aboagye, N’Guessan Jeremie Kouadio, Kaliliou Tera, Djaban Tano Kouame (2003). A Unified Orthography for the Akan Languages of Ghana and Ivory Coast. General Unified Spelling Rule. Cape Town: Centre for Advanced Studies of African Societies (CASAS).

Agyekum, Kofi (2003). ‘Linguistic Relativity in Akan Cultural Terms.’ Journal of African Roots. Vol. 1 pp. 54-77.

Agyekum, Kofi (2003). Review of Barry Hallen’s book. ‘The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful. Discourse about Values in Yoruba Culture. Language in Society 32: 3 428-431.

Agyekum, Kofi (2002). ‘The Communicative Role of Silence in Akan’. Pragmatics Vol. 12. No.1: 31-51. March.

Agyekum, Kofi (2002). ‘Lexical Polysemy and Metaphorical Extension of Te ‘Hear’ Verb of Perception in Akan’. Legon Journal of Humanities Vol. 13 pp 99-113.

Agyekum, Kofi (2002). ‘Menstruation as a Verbal Taboo Among the Akan.’ Journal of Anthropological Research Vol. 58: 367-387.

Agyekum, Kofi (2002).‘Resource Development in the Indigenous Languages in Ghana.’ Language and Culture in Education and National Development. Proceedings of the National Seminar pp.18-27. Accra GTZ December.

Agyekum, Kofi (2001). ‘Hunu ‘See’ Nominals in Akan.’ Journal of Ghanaian Languages. Vol. 1 No. 1 pp. 30-34 March.

Agyekum, Kofi (2001). ‘The Interpretive Marker S? in Akan.’ Felix K. Ameka and E. Kweku Osam (eds.). New Directions in Ghanaian Linguistics: 127-145.

Agyekum, Kofi, B.O Amoako and R.M Oppong (2001). Asante Kasasua Mfitiasee Nwoma Books 1-5 . Accra: Unimax Macmillan.

Agyekum, Kofi (2000). ‘Aspects of Akan Oral Literature in the Media.’ Research Review. Vol.16 No. 2:1-18. Institute of African Studies Legon.

Agyekum, Kofi (1999). ‘The Pragmatics of Duab? ‘Grievance Imprecation’ Taboo among the Akan.’ Pragmatics Vol. 9. No 3. 357-382, September.

Agyekum, Kofi (1999). Introduction to Literature. Accra: Media Design University of Ghana.

Agyekum, Kofi (1997). ‘The Unmentionability of Death Among the Akan of Ghana.’ Legon Journal of Humanities Vol. 10 pp. 43-61.

EXTRA CURRICULA ACTIVITIES
 
Host and Obiara Nka Bi Talk Show and Educative Programme-Radio-at Radio Universe Legon 1999- to date.

Host and Presenter Afisem Programme, Radio-Talk Show on the Review of the Editorials of Ghanaian Newspaper in Akan at Radio Universe Legon 1997.

Presenter YEahyiahyia Programme at Peace FM Accra. 2001.

Panelist Newspaper review in Akan at Peace FM Accra. Since 2001.

Twi Instructor to American Students of the following groups ISEP, CIEE, TUFT, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Suny Brockport and other individual American and European students who spend some short time in Ghana.

Instructor Summer Cooperative African Languages Institute (SCALI) at the Ohio University in Athens from 21st June to 6th August 2004.

Consultant and Editorial Proof Reading of Development of Manual on Oral Testimony Radio Documents Panos. Institute West Africa; Dakar Senegal.

Coordinator and Cultural Consultant Akan Dictionary Project. Department of Linguistics University of Ghana Legon. 1997-to date

CONFERENCES, SPECIAL SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS AT WHICH PAPERS WERE READ WITH REFERENCES WHERE APPROPRIATE
 

Summer Course in Lexicology and Lexicographer at SIL Oregon University USA. June –Aug. 1998.

International Conference Against All Odds: African Languages and Literatures into the 21st Century 11th -18th January 2000 at Asmara Eritrea.

Workshop on the Harmonisation of Akan Orthography at Abidjan 7th –9th September 2001.

Workshop National Consultative Council on Ghanaian Languages at GNAT Hall Accra 5th Feb. 1999, 30th April 1999.

Workshop on Bureau of Ghanaian Languages (BGL) at Accra Vocational Institute 9th Feb. 1999.

NUFU workshop on Lexicology and Standardisation of Terms 4th –9th March 1999.

Workshop on Examination and Test Development at the University of Ghana 24th May-June 4th 1999.

Workshop on Brochure of BGL at National Museum 24th Aug. 1999.

Workshop on Testing and Setting of Objective Questions Organised by WAEC at GESDI Ajumako 9th-12th March 2000.

Workshop on Terminology in Mathematics in Twi. GTZ Accra 6th June 2000.

Workshop on Akan Dictionary Project Retreat 4th-6th Dec 2000 at Abokobi.

Workshop on Akan Dictionary Project Retreat at Trinity College 17th Jan, 1st March and 16th March 2001.

Workshop on Planning of the Second Phase of TED-ASTEP- Ghana Education Service at Novotel Accra 21st March 2001.

Academic Retreat on the Restructuring of Courses at the Dept of Linguistics held at Aburi 8th-10th May 2001.

Workshop on Project on Culture and Governance organised by The Ghana Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) Accra 1st October 2001.

Workshop to plan Workshop for Media Practitioners Institute of African Studies: Legon 6th Dec 2001.

Workshop on Literacy and Quality at GNAT Hall 3rd May 2002.

Workshop on Akan Dictionary Project Retreat at Trinity College 17th- 20th June, 15th –17th July 2002.

Workshop on Akan Orthography to teachers of Training Colleges organised by ASTEP at St. Louis Training College Kumasi on 25th September 2002. Paper presented: “Common Mistakes in Akan Orthography”.

Workshop on Akan Dictionary at the Trinity Theological Seminary College Accra 1st Nov 2002.

National Workshop on Language, Culture, Education and National Development, organised by the Centre for the Advocacy of Language and Culture at the University of Education Winneba 25th November 2002. Paper presented: Resource Development in Indigenous Languages.

Workshop on Akan Dictionary at Abokobi Accra 6th -10th January 2003.

Workshop on Akan Dictionary at Abokobi Accra 26th Feb-1st March 2003.

Akan Dictionary Project Lexicography, Documentation and Shoebox Workshop 28th April –16th May at the Linguistic Department Legon.

Participant Faculty of Arts Colloquium Legon 19th-20th May 2003. Presented a report on the Akan Dictionary Project.

Meeting on the Proposal for the Publication of Ghanaian Language News/Features as Graphic Supplement at the National Commission on Culture Offices Accra 3rd September 2003.

PAPERS PRESENTED
 
The Lyrics of Alex Konadu.’ Paper presented at the First Oral Literature Conference Dept. of Linguistics Legon 14th Aug 1988.

Negation in Akan. Semester’s Paper presented at Trondheim University 1992.

Patterns of Lexical Polysemy and Metaphorical Extension of Akan Verbs of Perception.’ Paper Presented at Trondheim Univ. First Semester 1993.

Causativity in Akan.’ Paper Presented at Trondheim Univ. Second Semester 1993.

Presequencing: A Necessary Tool in Conversation. Paper presented at Linguistics Seminar :Trondheim University: February 16th 1995.

Communicative Competence in Akan. Paper presented at the Niger-Congo Linguistic Conference at the University of Ghana Legon June 1997.

Lexical Polysemy and Metaphorical Extension of Te ‘Hear’ Verb of Perception in Akan. Paper presented at the NUFU Linguistic Workshop Legon-Nov. 12th 1997.

The Concept of Face Among the Akan. Paper presented at the Ghana Linguistic Association Conference at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi Ghana. Feb. 1998..

The Ntam Reminiscential Taboo among the Akan’ Paper presented at a Linguistics Departmental Seminar : Legon 20th May. 1998.

Overview of Akan Verbal Taboos. Paper presented at Linguistic Colloquium Summer Institute of Linguistics, Univ. of Oregon Eugene USA: 8th July 1998.

Aspects of Persuasion in Akan Communication. Paper presented at the Linguistics’ Departmental Seminar Legon 4th Nov. 1998.

Metaphorical Extensions of Body Part Terms in Akan’. Paper presented at the Linguistics Association of Ghana’s Conference at Legon: 8th January 1999.

Mother-tongue Education in Ghana. Paper presented at the Readsworth Foundation GNAT Hall Accra: 12th November 1999.

Honorifics and Status Indexing in Akan Traditional Communication. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Linguistic Association of Ghana at Legon: 4th December 1999.

Aspects of Akan Oral Literature and the Media. Paper presented at the International Conference Against All Odds: African Languages and Literatures into the 21st Century at Asmara- Eritrea: 11th -18th January 2000.

Indigenous Education in Ghana. Paper Presented to American Tourists at Bay View Hotel Accra: 1st July 2000.

Lexical Elaboration and Expansion in Akan : A Case Study of Afisem and the Media. Paper presented at the 22nd West African Languages Congress. University of Ghana Legon: 15th -19th August 2000.

The Ethnography of Akan Greetings. Paper presented at Linguistics Departmental Seminar University of Ghana Legon: 14th March 2001.

Harmonising Akan Orthography: The Loss of Assimilation. Paper presented at CASAS Akan Workshop Ibis Hotel Plateau. Abidjan: 22nd-24th May 2002.

Ghanaian Proverbs: Functions, Context and Usage. Paper presented to American Students from Memphis University at the Institute of African Studies : Legon 13th June 2002.

Significance of Names. Paper presented to American Tourists at the Linguistic Dept. Legon Accra 12th July 2002.

The Pragmatics of Requests in Akan Communication. Paper presented at the Linguistics Dept. Seminar 16th October 2002 University of Ghana-Legon.

Etiquette and Non-Verbal Communication. Paper presented to TUFT University Students. 17th February 2003.

Invective Language in Contemporary Ghanaian Politics. Paper presented at the Linguistics Departmental Seminar 2nd April 2003.

Participant Faculty of Arts Colloquium Legon 19th-20th May 2003. Presented a report on the Akan Dictionary Project.

Cultural Attitude to Speaking; Royal Oratory in Akan. Paper presented to American Students from Colorado 10th June 2003.

Ghanaian Traditional Ethics and Etiquette: A Case for the Foreign Student. Paper presented to TUFT University Students. 14th August 2003.

Akan Apology : A Reparation Mechanism. Paper presented at the Linguistics Departmental Seminar 17th March 2004.

Twi Teaching in Ghana: Paper presented at the SCALI Instructors Caucus Ohio University 14th July 2004.

Aspects of Mother Tongue Education and Language Policy in Ghana:: Paper presented at the African Linguistics Human Rights Seminar Ohio University 15th July 2004.