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Felix Ameka

Senior University Lecturer

Dr. F.K. Ameka
+31 71 527 2243

Felix Ameka is a Senior University Lecturer at the Centre for Linguistics.

More information about Felix Ameka

Fields of interest

Descriptive and documentary linguistics 
Semantics and Pragmatics 
Linguistic typology 
Anthropological linguistics 
Ethnography of communication 
Language contact and areal linguistics 
West African languages


My primary research interests are the quest for the meaning of linguistic signs and exploring their use in social interaction. I am also interested in how and why languages vary and chagne over time and space, also in the reflexice relation between language, culture and cognition. I am concerned with questions of how cultural factors and cognitive processes as well as contact shape meanings and structures of languages. I work with primary data collected using ethnographic and experimental methods. My empirical specialisation is West African languages, mainly Kwa languages and other languages of wider communication, namely, Hausa and Fulfulde. My focus is on Gbe, i.e. Ewe, Gen Aja and Fon; Ghana-Togo-Mountain languages, especially Likpe; Guang and Akanic languages.

Teaching activities

Courses I teach include: Communication in Africa 
Language Use and Diversity 
Words and Meaning 
Anthropological Linguistics 
Language, Culture and Cognition

Curriculum vitae

1980 BA (Linguistics Major), Honours 1, University of Ghana, Legon 
1986 MA (Linguistics), Australian National University, Canberra 
1991 Ph.D (Linguistics), Australian National University, Canberra

Senior University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL T&C van Afrika

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 1.22



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