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Title:Akan proverbs and aphorisms about marriage
Author:Agyekum, KofiISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:27
Issue:2
Pages:1-24
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Akan
proverbs
marriage
Abstract:The paper discusses the Akan concept of marriage, and analyses aphorisms and proverbs that relate to Akan marriage (Ghana). It first identifies the Akan traditional types of marriage and the specific terms for each of them. Then it discusses 'modern' marriage, marriage contracts, and expressions used in the marriage contract. An overview of the function of proverbs in Akan society is followed by an analysis of thirty proverbs (or aphorisms) which are grouped into the following categories: (a) marriage in general, (b) pre-marriage, (c) during marriage, and (d) post marriage and divorce. The proverbs are analysed to depict how the Akan themselves conceptualize marriage and all its values and intricacies. The paper subjects the proverbs to linguistic analysis by looking at evidentials and factive expressions, focus markers and conditional and subjunctive clauses. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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