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Academic Interests

Semantic Theory

Syntax-Semantics Interface

Linguistics of Akan

Augustina Owusu

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.

Educational Background

Augustina Owusu has had her education in a variety of institutions. Notable amongst these are as follows:

Ph.D Linguistics

Rutgers University / 2014 - Focus: Semantics of African Languages

Mphil Linguistics

University of Ghana / 2012 - 2014 Thesis: Linguistics strategies in the expression of modality in Akan

B.A Linguistics & English

University of Cape Coast / 2007 - 2011 Thesis: Linguistics strategies in the expression of modality in Akan

Publications

 Actuality Entailment in Akan

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.

 Codeswitching as a means and a message in hiplife music in Ghana

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

Presentations

2017 - Another look at bi: an Epistemic Indefinite Analysis

Annual Conference of African Linguistics (ACAL) 49, Indiana University

2017 - The Typology of NC Sequences in Central Tano

Annual Conference of African Linguistics (ACAL) 49, Indiana University

2016 - Actuality Entailment in Akan (Poster)

Mid-Atlantic Colloqium of Studies in Meaning (MACSIM) 6, Hunter College, CUNY

2015 - Modal Concord in Akan

8th World Congress of African Linguistics, Kyoto University, Japan

2015 - Modal Concord in Akan

RuLing, Department of Linguistics, Rutgers University

2013 - A Comparative Study of Reflexivisation in Akan and Ewe

Linguistics Association Conference (LAG), University of Cape Coast



Teaching

As Primary Instructor (Rutgers)

2017 - Introduction to Linguistics (Section 3)

Undergraduate Spring

As Teaching Assistant

2017 - Introduction to Linguistics (Section 3)

Rutgers University, Primary Instructor Simon Charlow

2014 - Pragmatics

University of Ghana, Primary Instructor Prof. Kofi Agyekum

2014 - Language and Business

University of Ghana, Primary Instructor Prof. Nana Aba Amfo

2011 - Syntax

University of Cape Coast, Primary Instructor Kofi Abrefa

Get in touch

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Contact Info

If you are around the Rutgers University, you can also reach me at the following address or by email and phone

Rutgers Department of Linguistics, 18 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1184

apo14(at)linguistics.rutgers.edu

8483910552