The Legon Trondheim Linguistics Project

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Lars Hellan


This project was sponsored by NUFU, and was a cooperation project from 1996 to 2009 between the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim. The name The Legon Trondheim Linguistics Project is that by which the project is usually referred to, while its official name is Computational Lexicography, Typology and Adult Literacy. The Ghanaian coordinator was the Head of the Linguistics Department in office, counting altogether 6 coordinators: Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Dr. Kofi Saah, Prof. Akosua Aynidoho, Prof. Kweku Osam, Dr. Alex Dzameshie, Dr. Paul Agbedor, and (again) Dr. Kofi Saah. Prof. Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu (Language Centre, and Institute of African Studies, Legon) was the co-coordinator in Legon throughout the whole period, whereas Prof. Lars Hellan, NTNU, was the Norwegian coordinator throughout the whole period. The original initiative to the project was taken by (then Head of Department) Prof. Lawrence Boadi and Prof. Lars Hellan.

The project had its final funded year in 2009. The Final Report of the project ('Annual Report 2009') can be viewed here: Final Report

A commentary to the Lexicography part of the project is given here: M.E. Kropp Dakubu: Dictionary making and the public discourse: the University of Ghana experience


Selected publications of the project

1999 Ga-English Dictionary with English-Ga Index by M.E. Kropp Dakubu. Accra: Black Mask Ltd.

2002 New Directions in Ghanaian Linguistics edited by Felix K. Ameka and E. Kweku Osam. Accra: Black Mask Ltd.

2003 Studies in the Languages of the Volta Basin 1 edited by M.E. Kropp Dakubu and E.K. Osam. Legon: Linguistics Dept.

2004 Studies in the Languages of the Volta Basin 2 edited by M.E. Kropp Dakubu and E.K. Osam. Legon: Linguistics Dept.

2004 The Trondheim Lectures, an introduction to the structure of Akan: its verbal and multiverbal systems by E. Kweku Osam. Legon: Linguistics Dept.

2005 Three Major Syntactic Structures in Akan: interrogatives, complementation and relativisation by L.A. Boadi. Accra: Black Mask Ltd.

2005 Studies in the Languages of the Volta Basin 3 edited by M.E. Kropp Dakubu and E.K. Osam. Legon: Linguistics Dept.

2006 Akan Dictionary, pilot project: 1530 words. Legon: Linguistics Dept.

2007 Studies in the Languages of the Volta Basin 4, 2 Parts. Edited by M.E. Kropp Dakubu, G. Akanlig-Pare, E.K. Osam and K.K. Saah. Legon: Linguistics Dept.

2007 Gurene-English Dictionary with English-Gurene Glossary by M.E. Kropp Dakubu, S. Awinkene Atintono and E. Avea Nsoh. Legon: Linguistics Dept.

2008 Studies in the Languages of the Volta Basin 5 edited by M.E. Kropp Dakubu. Legon: Linguistics Dept.

2008 Aspect and Modality in Kwa Languages edited by Felix K. Ameka and M.E. Kropp Dakubu. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

2009 Ga-English Dictionary with English-Ga Index. 2nd Edition. M.E. Kropp Dakubu. Accra: Black Mask Ltd.

2010 Studies in the Languages of the Volta Basin 6 edited by M.E. Kropp Dakubu, Nana Aba Amfo, E.K. Osam, K.K. Saah and G. Akanlig-Pare. Part 1: Verbs and Adjectives, Part 2 Nominals, the Lexicon and Phonology, Part 3 Identifying Verb Constructions Cross-Linguistically, consisting of: The system , Ga Appendix , Norwegian Appendix .. Legon: Linguistics Department.

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