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Title:The ethnopragmatics of Akan compliments
Author:Agyekum, KofiISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Legon Journal of the Humanities (ISSN 0855-1502)
Volume:21
Pages:13-38
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:Akan
customs
sociolinguistics
interpersonal relations
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Ethnology
Akan (African people)
Etiquette
Abstract:In this paper, the author examines compliments in Akan, Ghana, from an ethnopragmatic point of view. The author analyses Akan compliments within the framework of politeness. He also considers the ethnographic situations within the Akan society where compliments are employed. The areas where the data was collected include Akan adverts, Akan football commentary, classrooms, praise poetry for chiefs, public speeches, folksongs, dance and hunting. The author looks at types of compliments, namely (1) appearance, (2) character and comportment, (3) performance and (4) possession. The author also examines the structure and language of compliments, response to compliments and functions of compliments. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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