Journal of West African Languages

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Transfer features from local language contact in Ghanaian Student Pidgin (SP) Transfer features from local language contact in Ghanaian Student Pidgin (SP)

Abstract

Student Pidgin (SP) is a Ghanaian youth language spoken predominantly by male students in the country’s high schools and tertiary institutions of education. Akan is an ethnolinguistic term for a group of dialects that constitute the biggest language and the most influential lingua franca in Ghana. Ga is the ethnic language of Accra, the capital of Ghana, and its immediate environment. As these three languages are in contact, we assess the influence of Akan and Ga on Student Pidgin in terms of both grammatical and lexical features. We note that SP appears receptive to grammatical transfers from especially Akan, but that some functional elements also have come from Ga.




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Volume Number 46.1
Topic #1 Sociolinguistics
Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Language English
Language Family None
Subject Language Ghanaian Pidgin English


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