Journal of
Philosophy and Culture

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS AND PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST
  • Abbreviation: J. Philos. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0855-6660
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPC
  • Start Year: 2004
  • Published Articles: 41

Where have all the consonantal phonemes of Akan gone?

Emmanuel Nichlas Abakah
  • Emmanuel Nichlas Abakah
  • Department of Ghanaian Languages, University of Winneba, Winneba, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 01 November 2004
  •  Accepted: 30 November 2004
  •  Published: 31 December 2004

Abstract

Schachter & Fromkin’s (1968) stated in the preface that

This is a preliminary report on research that we have conducted over the past few years, under U.S. Office of Education Contract OE-6-14-028, into the phonology of the major Akan dialects of Ghana: Akuapem, Asante and Fante. No one realizes better than we how that “preliminary” a report this is, but we hope that, by issuing it in its present form, we can elicit comments from interested scholars that will assist us in preparing a contemplated revision of the report. We recognize, in particular, that our first-hand investigation of the Fante dialect has been far from thorough, and expect that more errors will be found in our analysis of this dialect than in our analyses of the other dialects with which we have been concerned.