Phonological Analysis of Fish Naming with Particular Reference to Akans in Ghana


Adu David Tuffour
Adu Joseph
Felicia Asamoah-Poku


This paper analyzed the phonological processes in fish naming in Akan context on vowel harmony, assimilation and syllable structure. A lot of people have issues with fish naming. The objective of this paper was to do away with misconceptions about fish naming in Akans on phonological processes. These phonological processes were examined within the autosegmental theory framework. Both secondary and primary sources were used as a method of elicited data. In all, one hundred and twenty (120) fish mongers with aged ranging between twenty five (25) to sixty two (62) were interviewed. The information gathered were than transcribed and components needed for the analysis were used. Finally, it was established that fish naming dully conformed to the phonological processes below; vowel harmony, assimilation and syllable structure.  The paper also identified that though there was correlation, with regards to vowel harmony, not all the names obeyed the surface representation of vowel harmony rule. The analysis confirmed that, syllable structure plays a significant role in the fish naming in the world in general and Ghana in particular.




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Phonological Analysis of Fish Naming with Particular Reference to Akans in Ghana. (2020). Journal of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, 1(1), 5-17.

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Phonological Analysis of Fish Naming with Particular Reference to Akans in Ghana. (2020). Journal of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, 1(1), 5-17.


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