Senior University Lecturer
Felix Ameka is a Senior University Lecturer at the Centre for Linguistics.
Fields of interest
Descriptive and documentary linguistics
Semantics and Pragmatics
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.
Courses I teach include: Communication in Africa
Language Use and Diversity
Words and Meaning
Language, Culture and Cognition
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