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Felix Ameka

Senior University Lecturer

Name
Dr. F.K. Ameka
Telephone
+31 71 527 2243
E-mail
f.k.ameka@hum.leidenuniv.nl
ORCID iD
0000-0001-9442-6675

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

Research

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

Reuvens
Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 1.22

Contact

  • Ameka F.K. (2020), “I sh.t in your mouth”: areal invectives in the Lower Volta Basin (West Africa). In: Nassenstein N.; Storch, A. (Eds.) Swearing and cursing: contexts and practices in a critical linguistic perspective. no. 22 Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 121-144.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. & Hill D.L. (2020), The comparative semantics of verbs of ‘opening’: West Africa vs Oceania. In: Bromhead, H.; Ye, Z. (Eds.) Meaning, Life, and Culture: In Conversation with Anna Wierzbicka.. Canberra: ANU Press. 33-59.book chapter
  • Seyfeddinipur M., Ameka F., Bolton L., Blumtritt J., Carpenter B., Cruz H., Drude S., Epps P.L., Ferreira V., Galucio A.V., Hellwig B., Hinte O., Holton G., Jung D., Buddeberg I.K., Krifka M., Kung S., Monroig M., Neba A.N., Nordhoff S., Pakendorf B., Prince K . von, Rau F., Rice K., Riessler M., Szoelloesi Brenig V., Thieberger N., Trilsbeek P., Voort H. van der & Woodbury T. (2019), Public access to research data in language documentation: Challenges and possible strategies, Language Documentation & Conservation 13: 545-563.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2019), "The nut opens" and "Hunger ends": Verb constructions at the syntax-semantics interface. In: James Essegbey, Dalina Kallulli, Adams Bodomo (Eds.) The grammar of verbs and their arguments: a cross-linguistic perspective. no. 59 Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe. 59-84.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. & Terkourafi M. (2019), What if…? Imagining non-Western perspectives on pragmatic theory and practice, Journal of Pragmatics 145: 72-82.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2018), From comparative descriptive linguistic fieldwork to documentary linguistic fieldwork in Ghana, Language Documentation & Conservation 15(Special Publication): 224-239.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2018), Ghana-Togo-Mountain Languages: a socio-cultural, a typological or a genetic grouping?, Afrika und Uebersee 92(2015/2016): 1-12.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K., Mclughlin F., Cissé I., Atintono S., Seyfeddinipur M. & Ngue Um E. (20 July 2017), Panel discussion on Documentary linguistics. Interviewed by Awuku C.(Radio Windy Bay (Ghana)) [interview].radio interview
  • Ameka F.K. & Essegbey J. (2017), Divergence and convergence among the Ghana-Togo Mountain languages, STUF – Language Typology and Universals 70(2): 245-271.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2017), The Ghana-Togo Mountain Languages: introduction, STUF – Language Typology and Universals 70(2): 239-244.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. & Amha A. (2017), (Co-)Editor Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 38(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2017), In Memoriam Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu, The Journal of West African Languages 44(1): 1-5.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2017), Logophoricity. In: Aikhenvald A.Y., Dixon R.M.W. (Eds.) The Cambridge handbook of linguistic typology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 513-537.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2017), Meaning between algebra and culture: auto-antonyms in the Ewe verb lexicon. In: Reckman H., Cheng L.L.S., Hijzelendoorn M., Sybesma R. (Eds.) Crossroads semantics: computation, experiment and grammar. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 227-261.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K., Essegbey J. & Mclaughlin F. (2017), Organization Summer School on Language Documentation and Data Management in West Africa (National Science Foundation). Winneba, Ghana, (University of Education). [other]other
  • Ameka F.K. (2017), The Ghana-Togo Mountain Languages Member of editorial staff STUF – Language Typology and Universals 70(2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2016), “Child of” is a universal molecule too. Comment on Anna Wierzbicka’s Back to ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’: overcoming ethnocentricism in kinship studies through eight lexical universals., Current Anthropology 52(4): 421-422.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. & Amha A. (2016), (Co-)Editor Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 37(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2016), The uselessness of the useful: Language standardisation in multilingual contexts. In: Percy, C, Tieken-Boon van Ostede, I (Eds.) Prescription and Tradition in Language: Establishing Standards across Time and Space. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. 71-87.book chapter
  • Ahadzie S., Ameka F.K. & Essegbey J. (2015), Language use at home and performance in English composition in multilingual Ghana, Afrikanistik-Aegyptologie-Online 2015.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. & Amha A. (2015), (Co-)Editor Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 36(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F. K. (2015), “Hard sun, hot weather, skin pain”: The cultural semantics of temperature expressions in Ewe and Likpe (West Africa). In: Koptjesvakaja-Tamm (Ed.) The longuistics of temperature. no. 107 Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 43-72.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2015), Unintended consequences of methodological and practical responses to language endangerment in Africa. In: Essegbey J., Hendersen B., McLaughlin F. (Eds.) Language documentation and endangerment in Africa. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 15-35.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. & Amha A. (2014), Journal of African Languages and Linguistics Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 35(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F. K. & Amha A. (2013), (Co-)Editor Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 34(1 and 2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. & Amha A. (2013), Journal of African Languages and Linguistics Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 34(1 - 2).editorship of journal
  • Huttar George K., Aboh Enoch O. & Ameka Felix K. (2013), Relative clauses in Suriname creoles and Gbe languages, Lingua 129: 96-123.article in journal
  • Merolla Daniela, Ameka Felix K. & Dorvlo Kofi (2013), Researchers as griots? Reflections on multimedia fieldwork. In: Mark Turin, Claire Wheeler and Eleanor Wilkinson (Eds.) Oral literature in the digital age: archiving orality and connecting with communities. Cambridge UK: Open Book Publishers.book chapter
  • Ameka F. K. & Essegbey James (2013), Serialising languages: Verb-framed, satellite-framed or neither?, Ghana Journal of Linguistics 2(1): 19-38.article in journal
  • Ameka Felix K. (2013), Three place predicates in West African serializing languauage, Studies in African Linguistics 42(1): 1-32.article in journal
  • Amha A., Ameka F.K. & Kossmann M.G. (2012), (Co-)Editor Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 33(1).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2012), Ewe: its grammatiocal constructions and illocutionary devices. Munich: LINCOM Europa.book
  • Ameka F.K. (2012), Posserssive constructions in Likpe (Sɛkpɛlé). In: Aikhenvald A. Y., Dixon R. M. W. (Eds.) Possession and ownership: A crosslinguistic typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 224-242.book chapter
  • Merolla D. & Ameka F.K. (2012), Reflections on Video Fieldwork: The Making of Verba Africana IV on the Ewe Hogbetsotso Festival. In: Merolla D., Jansen J., Naït-Zerrad K. (Eds.) Multimedia Research and Documentation of Oral Genres in Africa - The Step Forward. Köln: Köppe Verlag.book chapter
  • Huttar G., Aboh E. O. & Ameka F.K. (2012), Relative clauses in Suriname creoles and Gbe languages, Lingua, an International Review of General Linguistics .article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2012), Three place prediactes in West African serialising languages, Studies in African Linguistics 41(2).article in journal
  • Amha A., Ameka F.K. & Kossmann M.G. (2011), (Co-)Editor Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 32(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K., Duthie A.S., Essegbey J.A.B.K., Dorrvlo K., Amuzu E, Ofori K. A. G., Agbedor P, Dzameshie A & Agbetsoamedo Y (Eds.) (2011), Ewe encyclopedia dictionary of health. Legon-Accra: Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana.editorship of book
  • Ameka F.K. (2011), Les langues kwa. In: Bonvini E, Busuttil J, Peyraube A (Eds.) Dictionnaire des langues. Quadridge: Presse Universitaire Français. 76-78.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2011), L'éwé. In: Bonvini E, Busuttil J, Peyraube A (Eds.) Dictionnaire des langues. Quadridge: Presse Universitaire Français. 79-85.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K., Amha A. & Kossmann M.G. (2010), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 31(1 &2).editorship of journal
  • Merolla D., Ameka F.K. & Dorvlo K.G.E. (2010), Hogbetsotso: celebration and songs of the Ewe migration story. Interview with Dr. Datey-Kumodzie. In: Merolla D. (Ed.) Verba Africana series - Video documentation and Digital Materials. Leiden: Leiden University.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2010), Information packaging constructions in Kwa: micro-variation and typology. In: Essegbey J., Aboh, E. O (Eds.) Topics in Kwa syntax. Dordrecht: Springer. 141-176.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2009), Access rituals in West African communities: an ethnopragmatic perspective. In: Senft G, Basso E. B. (Eds.) Ritual communication. Oxford: Berg. 127-151.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2009), Member of editorial staff The Journal of West African Languages 36(1&2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K., Amha A. & Kossmann M.G. (2009), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 30(1, 2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2009), Likpe. In: Dimmendaal G. J. (Ed.) Coding pparticipant marking: Construction types in twelve African languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 239-279.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2009), Verb extensions in Likpe (Sekpele), Journal of West African Languages 36(1-2): 139-157.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K., Amha A. & Kossmann M.G. (2008), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 29(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2008), Aspect and modality in Ewe: a survey. In: Ameka F.K., Dakubu M.E. Kropp (Eds.) Aspect and modality in Kwa languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 135-194.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. & Dakubu M.E.Kropp (Eds.) (2008), Aspect and modality in Kwa languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.editorship of book
  • Ameka F.K. (2008), He died old, dying to be dead right: Transitivity and semantic shifts of ‘die’ in Ewe in crosslinguistic perspective. In: Bowerman M., Brown P. (Eds.) Crosslinguistic perspectives on argument structure: Implications for learnability. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum. 231-254.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. & Dakubu M.E.Kropp (2008), imperfective constructions: Progressive and prospective in Ewe and Dangme. In: Ameka F.K., Dakubu M.E. Kropp (Eds.) Aspect and modality in Kwa languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 215-289.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. & Dakubu M.E.Kropp (2008), Introduction. In: Ameka F.K., Dakubu M.E. Kropp (Eds.) Aspect and modality in Kwa languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 1-7.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K., Amha A. & Kossmann M.G. (2007), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 28(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. & Levinson S.C. (2007), Member of editorial staff Linguistics (Special Issue: The typology and semantics of predicates: posturals, positionals and other beasts) 45(5-6).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. & Essegbey J.A.B.K. (2007), Cut and break verbs in Ewe and the causative alternation construction, Cognitive Linguistics 18(2): 241-250.article in journal
  • Essegbey J.A.B.K. & Ameka F.K. (2007), "Cut" and "break" verbs in Gbe and Sranan, Journal of Pidgins and Creoles 22(1): 37-55.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K., Dorvlo K.G.E. & Merolla D. (2007), Ewe stories and storytelling. In: Merolla D. (Ed.) Verba Africana series - Video documentation and Digital Materials. Leiden: Leiden University.book chapter
  • Huttar G., Essegbey J.A.B.K. & Ameka F.K. (2007), Gbe and other West African sources of Suriname creole semantic structures: implications for creole genesis, Journal of Pidgins and Creoles 22(1): 57-72.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2007), Grammatical borrowing in Likpe (Sekpele). In: Matras Y., Sakel J. (Eds.) Grammatical borrowing in cross-linguistic perspective. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 107-122.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. & Levinson S.C. (2007), Introduction–The typology and semantics of locative predicates: posturals, positionals and other beasts, Linguistics (Special Issue: The typology and semantics of predicates: posturals, positionals and other beasts) 45(5/6): 847-872.article in journal
  • Bohnemeyer J., Enfield N.J., Essegbey J.A.B.K., Ibaetxe-Antunano I., Kita S. & Ameka F.K. (2007), Principles of event segmentation in language: the case of motion events, Language 83(3): 495-532.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2007), The coding of topological relations in verbs: the case of Likpe (Sekpele), Linguistics (Special Issue: The typology and semantics of predicates: posturals, positionals and other beasts) 45(5/6): 1065-1104.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. & Amha A. (2006), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 27(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K., Dench A. & Evans N. (Eds.) (2006), Catching language: The standing challenge of grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.editorship of book
  • Ameka F.K. & Essegbey J.A.B.K. (2006), Elements of the grammar of space in Ewe. In: Levinson S.C., Wilkins D.P. (Eds.) Grammars of space: Explorations in cognitive diversity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 359-399.conference paper
  • Ameka F.K. (2006), Ewe serial verb constructions in their grammatical context. In: Aikhenvald A.Y., Dixon R.M.W. (Eds.) Serial verb constructions: a cross-linguistic typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 124-143.conference paper
  • Ameka F.K. (2006), Grammars in contact in the Volta Basin (West Africa): On cntact induced grammatical change in Likpe. In: Aikhenvald A.Y., Dixon R.M.W. (Eds.) Grammars in contact: a crosslinguistic typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2006), Interjections. In: Östman J.-O., Verschueren J. (Eds.) Handbook of Pragmatics 2006. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 1-22.conference paper
  • Ameka F.K. (2006), Real descriptions: Reflections on native speaker and nonnative speaker descriptions of a language. In: Ameka F.K., Dench A., Evans N. (Eds.) Catching language: The standing challenge of grammar writing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 69-112.conference paper
  • Ameka F.K. (2005), "The woman is seeable" and "The woman perceives seeing": Undergoer voice constructions in Ewe and Likpe. In: Dakuba M.E. Kropp, Osam E.K. (Eds.) Studies in the Languages of the Volta Basin 3. Proceedings of the Annual Colloquium of the Legon-Trondheim Linguistics Project 18-20 January 2005. Legon-Accra: epartment of Linguistics, University of Ghana. 43-62.conference paper
  • Ameka F.K., Amha A. & Mous Maarten (2005), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 26(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2005), Forms of secondary predication in serialising languages: on depictives in Ewe. In: Himmelmann N.P., Schultze-Berndt E.F. (Eds.) Secondary predication and adverbial modification: The typology of depictives. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 355-378.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2005), Multiverb constructions on the West African littoral: microvariation and areal typology. In: Vulchanova M., Åfarli T.A. (Eds.) Grammar & beyond: essays in honour of Lars Hellan. Oslo: Novus Press. 15-42.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K., Mous Maarten & Essegbey J.A.B.K. (2004), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 25(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. & Breedveld J.O. (2004), Areal cultural scripts for social interaction in West African communities, Intercultural Pragmatics 1(2): 167-187.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2004), Grammar and cultural practices: The grammaticalisation of triadic communication in West African languages, Journal of West African Languages 30(2): 5-28.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K., Mous Maarten & Essegbey J.A.B.K. (2003), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 24(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2003), Prepositions and postpositions in Ewe(Gbe): empirical and theoretical considerations. In: Sauzet P., Zibri-Hertz A. (Eds.) Typologie des langues d¿afrique & universaux de la grammaire, Volume II Benue-kwa, Wolof. Paris: L'Harmattan. 41-67.conference paper
  • Ameka F.K. (2003), "Today is far": Situational anaphors in overlapping clause constructions in Ewe. In: Dakubu M.E.K., Osam E.K. (Eds.) Studies in the languages of the Volta basin I. Legon, Accra: Dept of Linguistics, University of Ghana. 9-22.conference paper
  • Ameka F.K. (2002), Constituent order and grammatical relations in Ewe in typological perspective. In: Davidse K., Lamiroy B. (Eds.) The nominative & accusative and their counterparts. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 319-352.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2002), Cultural scripting of body parts for emotions: On "jealousy" and related emotions in Ewe, Pragmatics and Cognition 10(1-2): 27-55.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. & Osam E.K. (Eds.) (2002), New directions in Ghanaian linguistics: essays in honour of the 3Ds. Accra: Black Mask.editorship of book
  • Ameka F.K. (2002), The progressive aspect in Likpe: its implications for aspect and word order in Kwa. In: Ameka F.K., Osam E.K. (Eds.) New directions in Ghanaian linguistics: essays in honour of the 3Ds. Accra: Black Mask. 85-111.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K., Mous Maarten & Essegbey J.A.B.K. (2001), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 21(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (2001), Ewe. In: Garry J., Rubino C. (Eds.) Facts about the world's languages: An encyclopedia of the world's major languages, past and present. New York: New England Publishing Associates. 207-213.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (2001), Ideophones and the nature of the adjective word class in Ewe. In: Voeltz E.F.K., Kilian-Hatz C. (Eds.) Ideophones. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 25-48.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K., Mous Maarten & Essegbey J.A.B.K. (Eds.) (2000), Journal of African Languages and Linguisitics Journal of African Languages and Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.editorship of book
  • Ameka F.K., Mous Maarten & Essegbey J.A.B.K. (1999), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 20(1-2).editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (1999), Interjections. In: Brown K., Miller J. (Eds.) Concise Encyclopedia of grammatical categories. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 213-216.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (1999), Partir c'est mourir un peu: unversal and culture specific features of leave-taking, RASK 9-10: 257-283.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (1999), recensie Review of: Kropp Dakubu M.E. (1999) Korle meets the sea: a sociolinguistic history of Accra, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 62: 198-199.book review
  • Ameka F.K. (1999), Spatial information packaging in Ewe and Likpe: a comparative perspective, Frankfurter Afrikanistische Blätter 11: 7-34.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K. (1999), The typology and semantics of complex nominal duplication in Ewe, Anthropological Linguistics 41(1): 75-106.article in journal
  • Ameka F.K., Mous Maarten & Essegbey J.A.B.K. (1998), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 19.editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (1998), Les particules ènonciatives en Ewe. In: Platiel S., Kabore R. (Eds.) Faits de languses: Les langues d'Afrique subsaharienne. Paris: Ophrys. 179-204.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. & Mous Maarten (1997), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics .editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K., Dimmendaal G.J. & Mous Maarten (1996), Member of editorial staff Journal of African Languages and Linguistics .editorship of journal
  • Ameka F.K. (1996), Chapter 17. Semantics. In: Goebl H. (Ed.) Contact Linguistics. An international handbook of contemporary research. Berlin: NN. 130-138.book chapter
  • Ameka F.K. (1995), Body parts in Ewe grammar. In: Chappell H., McGregor W. (Eds.) The Grammar of Inalienability: A typological perspective on body part terms and the part-whole relation. Berlin: NN. 783-840.book chapter
  • Dimmendaal G.J. & Ameka F.K. (Eds.) (1995), Journal of African Languages and Linguistics. NN: NN.editorship of book
  • Ameka F.K. (1995), The linguistic construction of space in Ewe, Cognitive Linguistics 6(2/3): 139-181.article in journal
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