Journal of
Philosophy and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Philos. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0855-6660
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPC
  • Start Year: 2004
  • Published Articles: 57

Full Length Research Paper

Socio-cultural perspectives on death announcements in Ghanaian newspapers: Some sociolinguistic evidence

Afful Archibald Joseph Benjamin
  • Afful Archibald Joseph Benjamin
  • Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 20 June 2018
  •  Accepted: 29 October 2018
  •  Published: 29 February 2020


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