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Associate Professor of Akan
Ph.D., Leiden University

Office Hours- FALL 2018

  • Monday & Wednesday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Or by appointment

Areas of Interest

I am interested in descriptive, documentary and theoretical linguistics, especially in the domain of syntax, semantics and pragmatics; contact linguistics; language and culture; Kwa languages of West Africa, especially Gbe (i.e. Ewe, Gen, Aja and Fon), Akan, and Ghana-Togo Mountain languages; and creole studies. Lately, I have been working on the influence of the Gbe languages on Suriname creoles and, more recently, the description and documentation of Nyangbo, one of the Ghana-Togo Mountain languages.

Selected Publications

  • Essegbey, J. (2007): “Cut” and “break” verbs in Sranan. Cognitive Linguistics18: 2, 231-239
  • Huttar, G., Essegbey, J. and Ameka, F. (2007): Gbe and other West African sources of Suriname creole semantic structures: implications for creole genesis.Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 22:1, 57-72.
  • Essegbey, J. (2007): Intransitive verbs in Ewe and the unaccusativity hypothesis. In M. Bowerman and P. Brown (eds). Cross-linguistic perspectives on argument structure. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. 213-230
  • Essegbey, J. (2005): The basic locative construction in Gbe and Suriname creoles. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 22:2, 229-267.
  • Essegbey, J. (2004): “Demystifying inherent complement verbs in Ewe.” In A. Zribi-Hetz and P. Souzet (eds). Typologie des langues d’Afrique et universaux de la grammaire. Paris: L’Harmattan, 97-126.
  • Essegbey, J. (2004): Auxiliaries in serialising languages: on COME and GO verbs in Sranan and Ewe. Lingua 114, 473-494
  • Kita, S. and Essegbey, J. (2001): Pointing left in Ghana: how a taboo on the use of the left hand influences gestural practices. Gesture 1 (1), 73-95

Courses Taught

  • AKA 1130 Beginning Akan 1
  • AKA 1131 Beginning Akan 2
  • AKA 2200 Intermediate Akan 1
  • AKA 2201 Intermediate Akan 2
  • SST 2501 African Elements in the Americas
  • SSA 4903 Africanisms in the Americas
  • SSA 4930 Black Englishes

Spring 2008 Syllabi