Nana Aba Appiah Amfo
List of John Benjamins publications for which Nana Aba Appiah Amfo plays a role.
“Insanity is from home”: The expression of mental health challenges in Akan. International Journal of Language and Culture 5:1, pp. 1–282018.
This paper examines selected expressions relating to the articulation of mental health challenges in three Akan speaking communities in Ghana, in the context of considering that language is reflective of human thought, and that human cultural practices and behavior emanate from people’s underlying… read more | Article
Noun phrase conjunction in Akan (Niger-Congo, Kwa) is performed by placing a connective between two noun phrases, but there is some variation in the forms used in the major dialects. In the Twi dialects the connective is ne, but Fante speakers may use nye or na depending on whether a comitative or… read more | Article
'Abroad' and semantically related terms in some European languages and in Akan (Ghana). Languages and Cultures in Contrast and Comparison, Gómez González, María de los Ángeles, J. Lachlan Mackenzie and Elsa M. González Álvarez (eds.), pp. 173–1912008.
The reference of the English word abroad used as a predicate or as an adverbial adjunct can be determined in one of two ways. Depending on contextual evidence, a token of abroad in a discourse must be processed either as an anaphor with the meaning ‘away from the subject referent’s country’ or as a… read more | Article
Reference, determiners and descriptive content. Essays on Nominal Determination: From morphology to discourse management, Høeg Müller, Henrik and Alex Klinge (eds.), pp. 337–3642008.
This paper starts out arguing that Gundel et al.’s claim that whatever a demonstrative can do, a definite article can do equally well is in need of revision. Then, against the tenor of Gundel et al.’s Givenness Hierarchy model, we postulate a univocal lexical meaning for determiners and… read more | Article
Explaining connections in Akan discourse: The role of discourse markers. Information Structuring Resources in Contrast, Behrens, Bergljot, Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen, Hilde Hasselgård and Stig Johansson (eds.), pp. 185–2022007.
The present paper focuses on the communicative roles of three discourse markers, na, (n)so and nanso, in Akan, a Niger Congo (Kwa branch) language. (N)so is an additive focus marker. Its use gives the addressee an indication that the (n)so-utterance ought to be processed within a parallel… read more | Article
The linguistic phenomenon of recurrence is identified in two aspects; either as a repetition of an action or a restoration to a former state. This paper examines two lexical items, an auxiliary verb san and an adverb (e)bio, which encode this phenomenon in Akan. The recurrence marker san is claimed… read more | Article