Pragmatics analysis of appellations of chieftaincies and monarchies in selected Akan’s towns in Ghana



Akans, appellations, chiefs, knowledge, pragmatics, research work


The investigation analyzed the pragmatics issues of some appellations of chief and queen mothers in Akan perspective. The analysis took into consideration fifty (50) respondents as the population sample with an imbalance gender distribution of fifteen (15) women. The purposive sampling technique was employed to elicit essential information for the investigation. Unstructured interviews, observation, and recording were the data collection instrument. The pragmatic processes identified were loyalty, braveness, warrior, conqueror, mighty, kindness, justices and protector. This investigation had Speech Act theory propounded by Austin in the year 1962 as its bases. It was finally realized that the effects of pragmatics on appellation of chief and queen mothers in Akan communities were very essential and cannot be underestimated so far as culture remain the integral part of Akans daily lives.

Author Biography

Adu David Tuffour, Languages Department, Atebubu College of Education, Ghana

David Adu Tuffour holds a Bachelor of Education in Ghanaian Language (Twi), a Master of Arts in Ghanaian Language (Twi) and a Master of Philosophy in Ghanaian Language (Twi) all from the University of Education, Winneba Ghana. He is a Ghanaian Language Tutor in the Languages Department, for 20 years at the Atebubu College of Education in Ghana. His research interest is in the field of Linguistics, Morphology, Syntax, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Phonology, Cultural Studies and Literature in Ghanaian Language. He holds to his credit twelve articles in Phonology and Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics Morphology, Cultural studies and Syntax.


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How to Cite

Tuffour, A. D. (2022). Pragmatics analysis of appellations of chieftaincies and monarchies in selected Akan’s towns in Ghana. Research Journal in African Languages , 3(3). Retrieved from