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Title The Sociolinguistics of Thanking in Akan
Author Kofi AGYEKUM
Abstract The Akan cherish people who are grateful. The paper addresses the language of thanking in Akan under expressive speech acts and linguistic routines. The paper gives ethnographic situations and communicative events for thanking including, (1) thanking after child birth; (2) thanking in joyful occasions: marriage and wedding; survival from accidents, achievements, promotions, bequeathing of properties, (3) funeral activities, (4) thanking after arbitration, (5) ironical thanking (indirect thanking), and (6) thanking at the shrine. We will consider sociocultural functions and the current state of thanking in Akan society.
Keywords Thanking, linguistic routines, expressives, reciprocity, communicative competence
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