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Title:The sociolinguistics of thanking in Akan
Author:Agyekum, KofiISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Volume:19
Issue:2
Pages:77-97
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Akan
language usage
rituals
sociolinguistics
Link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol19num2/agyekum.pdf
Abstract:The Akan of Ghana cherish people who are grateful. This paper addresses the language of thanking in Akan under expressive speech acts and linguistic routines. The paper gives ethnographic situations and communicative events for thanking including (1) thanking after child birth; (2) thanking on joyful occasions: marriage and weddings, survival after an accident, achievements, promotions, bequeathing of property; (3) funeral activities; (4) thanking after arbitration; (5) ironical thanking (indirect thanking); and (6) thanking at the shrine. The author considers sociocultural functions and the current state of thanking in Akan society. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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