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Title:Speech surrogates of Africa: a study of the Fante 'mmensuon'
Author:Arhine, AdwoaISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Legon Journal of the Humanities (ISSN 0855-1502)
Volume:20
Pages:105-122
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:musical instruments
Fanti
indigenous communication systems
communication
Fanti (African people)--Communication
nonverbal communication
Abstract:Various forms of communication based on sounds produced by instruments are common in many African societies. The 'mmen esoun' (also spelt 'mmensoun') (meaning Seven Horns) is a speech surrogate used among the Fante of Ghana. 'Mmensoun' has the dual capability of imitating the speaking voice and, simultaneously, serving as a musical instrument in a performance. As a speech surrogate, it functions as an effective and powerful instrument for communication. The author introduces the communicative sounds of the 'mmensuon' within the cultural system of the Fante, and offers a framework within which the instrument could be further investigated. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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