Linguistics of Akan
PhD Student, Rutgers Unniversity
I am a PhD student at Rutgers University. I primarily work on the semantics of African Languages, but am also interested in syntax - especially the syntax-semantics interface.
Currently, I am working on tense and aspect in multi-verbal clauses in Akan - a Niger Congo Kwa language spoken in Ghana. I'm also intersted in the semantics of modals and have worked on actuality entailment and epistemic indefinites.
Augustina Owusu has had her education in a variety of institutions. Notable amongst these are as follows:
The truth conditions of modal sentences are not dependent on the circumstances in the real world. However, in certain contexts, a modal requires the truth of the utterance in the real world. I explore this phenomenon in Akan looking at the truth conditions of the modal auxiliary tumi.
Journal of Comtemporary African Linguistics 2 (2) 1-32.
This paper explores the motivation for the use of code-switching in three hip life songs: Praye's Angelina, Okyeame Kwame 's Medo mmaa and Eduwoji's Y3nko nkoa. We show that the artistes use CS as a means to achieve aesthetic effects and as a message of love and harmony
Annual Conference of African Linguistics (ACAL) 49, Indiana University