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1st AFRICAN PRAGMATICS CONFERENCE

PROGRAMME FOR 1ST AFRICAN PRAGMATICS CONFERENCE

Opening Ceremony & All Panel Sessions - Reginald Amonoo Building (Maison Franҫaise)

DAY 1: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY6, 2020
8:00am - Registration of Participants

9:00am - Welcome Address: Prof. Helen A. Yitah, Acting Dean, School of Languages, University of Ghana

9:10am - Chairperson’s Opening Remarks:  Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost, College of Humanities, University of Ghana

9:20am - Solidarity Message: Prof. Akin Odebunmi, President, Pragmatics Association of Nigeria

9:30am - Remarks by Special Guest: Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Academic and Students Affairs, University of Ghana

9.40am - Poetry recital/performance

9:50am  - Keynote Address: Prof. Kofi Agyekum, Professor of Linguistics and Acting Dean, School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana
                Title: The Role of Pragmatics in Social Cohesion and Nation Building in Africa

10:40 am - Chairman’s Closing Remarks

MC: Dr. Clement Kwamena Insaidoo Appah, Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana

10:50 am - Tea Break

MID-MORNING SESSION

 

TIME

PANEL 1

(Im)Politeness

Chair: Jane Oduor

PANEL 2

Language and Culture

Chair: Gladys Ansah

PANEL 3

Pragmatics and Literature 

Chair: Josephine Dzahene-Quarshie

11:30 am

Sɛbe: A politeness marker and a face-saving device in Akan

Jemima Asabea Anderson

Isaac Adjei Forson

Contextual Features of Metaphor Usage in Nigerian Pentecostal Christian Discourse 

Peter Ochefu Okpeh

OkpeaduaOkpeadua

OlaoluwaDuro– Bello

The Pragmatics of Onomastics and Implications for Translation in Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Adichie's Purple Hibiscus

Ngozi Ogbodo

Marinus Yong

12:00 pm

Face and Politeness Strategies in Igala Social Interaction

Josephine Ojima Ohiemi

Christiana Rekiya Ogidi- Andrew 

Winnie Daniel- Olaniru

A Comparative Analysis of Body Part Metaphors in Akan and mdw nTr

Ọbádélé Kambon

Dream as Stream of Consciousness: Discourse Deixis in The Potter’s Wheel

Abdullahi Ahmad 

Isyaku Saminu

12:30 pm

Aggression and Impoliteness on Kenyan Roads 

Prisca Jerono 

Helga Schroeder

Communicative Relativity: African cultural values and ways with words

Felix Ameka

A Pragmatic Analysis of Selected Nigerian Prison Poetry

Fatima Inuwa

 

 

1:00 pm 

Hierarchy and strategies: negotiation of polite behaviours between doctors and patients in selected private hospitals in Akure 

David Olorunsogo

A Pragmatic Analysis of Bodily Metaphors in Voice of America's Documentary-film, Boko Haram: A Journey from Evil

Murjanatu Suleiman-Shika

Cape Verde and Rios de Guiné in Early Modern Times. Creating new forms of address

Konstanze Jungbluth

 

1:30pm – 2:30pm  –  Lunch Break

 

AFTERNOON SESSION

 

TIME

PANEL 1

Humour

Chair: Helga Schroeder

PANEL 2

Political Discourse

Chair: Akin Odebunmi

PANEL 3

Pragmatic Markers 

Chair: Felix Ameka

2:30pm 

 

A Pragmatic Analysis of Selected Humour from A Nigerian Online Social Media Platform

Butari Nahum 

Adamu Paul

A Pragmatic Analysis of Political Hate Speech Headlines in Selected Nigerian Newspapers Before and after the 2015 General Elections

Daniel Nwogwugwu

The Interface Between Pragmatics and Prosody in Dholuo

Jane Oduor

3:00 pm

 

‘I don’t like my legs’: Humour in Akan dame ‘draught’ game.

Victoria Ofori 

Grace Diabah

Kofi Agyekum

Did president Biya declare war on the Anglophones? A pragmatic and critical discourse analysis and of the statement that has sparked controversy in Cameroon

Herbert Rostand Ngouo

Utterance particles in Tafi, a Ghana-Togo Mountain language

Mercy Bobuafor

3:30 pm 

 

Exaggeration as Source of Humour

KithakaWa Mberia

Nationhood in African Political Discourse: A Pragmatic Analysis of Muhammadu Buhari's Inaugural Addresses

Salamatu Sani 

Yunana Ahmed

Use of discourse markers by learners of French as a Foreign Language at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. 

Caroline Mutai

4:00 pm 

 

Humour in Akan: The case of Kokurokoo morning show

Victoria Ofori

 Grace Diabah

Esther Nana Anima Wiafe-Akenten

Nicholas Obeng Agyekum

Verbassault in Political Campaign Jingles of Political Rivals in Southwestern Nigeria

Ayo Osisanwo

Pragmatic Markers in Courtroom Interactions in Ghana 

Nancy Boahemaa Nkansah

 

4:40pm – 6:00 pm: Business Meeting

 

DAY 2: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY7, 2020

All Panel Sessions - Reginald Amonoo Building (Maison Franҫaise). 

8:00 am  – Registration of Participants

8:15 am - Plenary Speech - Prof. Akin Odebunmi, University of Ibadan
                Title: Discursive Repetitions and Voices in Nigerian Clinical Meetings

                Chair: Dr Jemima Asabea Anderson, Department of English, University of Ghana

MORNING SESSION

 

TIME

PANEL 1

Non-Verbal Communication 

Chair: Kofi Agyekum

PANEL 2

Discourse Analysis

Chair: Akin Adetunji

PANEL 3

Pragmatic Markers and Communication

Chair: Bukola Atolagbe

9:00am

 

Non-Verbal Insults among the Akan: A Pragmatic Narrative

 Isaac Adjei Forson

 

The Communicative Functions of Yaani on Tanzania Whatsapp Platforms

Sarah Marjie 

Felix Kwame Sosoo

A pragmatic view on clause linkages in Toposa, an Eastern Nilotic language of South Sudan

Helga Schroeder 

Prisca Jerono

9:30am

 

I speak with my body because I am a dancer: Pragmatics and the Performing Arts

Aristedes Narh Hargoe

Vernacularizing medical discourse: construing a prescription of a Ugandan itinerant drug vendor

 

LevisMugumya

 

Using Generalized Conversational Implicatures (GCI) to disambiguate two causative constructions in Ewe

James Essegbey

10:00am

 

Application of Non-Verbal Communication Strategies in Clinical Examination among Healthcare Professionals in Selected Hospitals in Nigeria 

John Ibanga

When there is a need to say one more thing: Examining the phenomenon of Increment in Medical Interactions in Nigeria

Akin Odebunmi

Amusa Oluwaseun

Yεseyεse and minim minim: The Semantic and Pragmatic Unanimity of two Akan Evidential Markers

Joana Portia Sakyi

10:30am

 

A Pragmatic Cross-Cultural Analysis of Silence in Hausa And Ishan Languages and Communication

Zulfaa Waziri 

 Joyce Agofure

Semantax of hate discourses in Nigeria

Sopuruchi Aboh

 Bestman Odeh 

Peter Achadu

Scalar Focus Marking in Dangme

Prosper Teye Akortia

 

11:00 am – Tea/Cocoa Break

MID-MORNING SESSION

 

TIME

PANEL 1

Ethnography of Communication 

Chair: Nana Anima Wiafe Akenten

PANEL 2

Discourse Analysis

Chair: Grace Olutayo

PANEL 3

Pragmatic Markers and Communication

Chair: Sarah Marjie

11:30 am  

A Pragmatic analysis of some selected klama songs among the Krobos.

 

William Dautey

Ideological Perspectivisation of Electoral Events and Legitimation Strategies in Nigerian Election Autobiographies

Morakinyo Abayomi Tella

Multiple identity and reclassification of self: A pragma-semantic analysis of nicknames of Ghanaian presidents

Maxwell Mpotsiah

12:00 pm

Speech act analysis of Ngwa Festival

Bestman Odeh

 Bright Ogbonna

 Angus Izunwa

 Stella Nwokocha

Bashorun Kazeem

A text linguistic exploration of stanzas 2 and 3 of the Ghana National Anthem, “God Bless Our Homeland Ghana”

Asare Okae-Anti 

Gloria Baffoe

Naa Korkor Leyoo Watson-Nortey

 

Contrastive Pragmatic Study of English and Bete Personal Pronouns and Deictics

Armel Tape Seri

12:30 pm

 

Hedges and Boosters in Research Articles: An Interdisciplinary Investigation

Hamisu Hamisu Haruna

Muhammad Kabir Kado

Multimodal Analysis of Memes in Tweets of Responses to Nigeria’s Minister of Health’s Statement on Resident Doctors in Nigeria

Bibian Ugoala

Linguistic Analysis of Space in Akan 

Eunice Opoku

 

1:00 pm

 

The Communicative Values of Selected Jukun Proverbs: A Pragmatic Approach

Butari Nahum

A study of Literary-Pragmatics features of selected political speeches in Nigeria’s 8th NASS

Felix Gbenoba and Felicia Oamen

 

The grammaticalisation of moreso and mehn in Nigerian English

Foluke Unuabonah

 

1:30 pm – 2:25 pm  -  Lunch Break

AFTERNOON SESSION

 

TIME

PANEL 1

Sociolinguistics

Chair: Sewoenam Chachu 

PANEL 2

Discourse Analysis

Chair: John Wiredu

PANEL 3

Language Choice

Chair: Evershed Amuzu

PANEL 4

Gender and Language Use

Chair: Dr Benedicta Lomotey

 

2:30pm 

 

Socio-Cultural Analysis Of Unmentionables and Invectives As Akan Verbal Taboo And The Linguistic Avoidance Techniques For Handling Them. 

Eunice Opoku

Ideological Critical Discourse Analysis of Victims’ Narratives in Stella Dimoko Korkus’s Domestic Violence Diary 1-4

Adetutu Aragbuwa

Language Choice and use in Ghanaian Churches: A Case Study of Tema Newtown

Jacqueline Amponsah

 

Gender Related Talks During Initiation and Wedding Rites in Kenya

 

Lynn Kisembe and Simon Nganga

 

3:00 pm

 

Examining Impoliteness, Implicature and Bias in Igbo Proverbs: A Sociolinguistic Study

Uche Oboko and Grace Ikechukwu

 

Comparative Analysis of Presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign Manifestos

Chioma Ikechukwu-Ibe

UchennaAgbedo

Cultural Education and the Translation af Children’s Literature: The Integration of the Nigerian Child into European Literature

Chimmuanya Ngele

Samuel Awa

The “welcome” and “unwelcome” meanings of Madam as an address term in Kenyan English usage. 

Zipporah Otiso

 

3:30 pm 

 

“He would have destroyed this face long ago”: Construction of social identity in Southwestern alternative dispute resolution centres

SimoenAjiboye

Rhetorical Questions as the Sine Qua Non for Understanding Stream of Consciousness in the Potter’s Wheel: A Discourse Deixis Approach 

Abdullahi Ahmad 

IsyakuSaminu

Writing Competence in English: A Genre Based Analysis of the University Students' Written Texts

May Namuddu

LevisMugumya

Negotiating Asymmetry in Spousal Communication in Nigeria

Akinbiyi Adetunji

 

4:00 pm 

 

Variations of Pragmatic: A Stylo-Pragmatic Study of the Proverbs of the Ham of Nigeria

Philip Hayab John, 

Alexander Kure 

Gbenga Ibileye

The pragmatics of the rhetorical question in selected (English) Qur'an chapters

Waheed Adeyimika Bamigbade

Belonging Out of Place: Hausa Linguistic Practice in Accra's Immigrant Neighborhoods

Grace East

Power, impoliteness and identity construction in spousal discourse

Grace Olutayo

 

4:30 pm 

 

Interrogating the Bildungsroman in Female Genocide Narratives: the Janus-Diasporic Character

Odirin Abonyi

Talk now or forever keep silent: Pragmatics as a panacea to vituperations on computer-mediated discourse

Adebukunola Atolagbe

Linguistic choices in collectivist postcolonial contexts: How social norms roll the dice

Eric A. Anchimbe

A Literary-Pragmatic Analysis of Sexism in Nigeria’s Public Discourse

Felicia Oamen and Bridget Yakubu

 

5: 05 pm  - Closing

5: 20 pm  - Campus Tour

Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 
8:00am - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Maison Francaise, University of Ghana, Legon