Mar 17, 2015
Akan (Mfantse) Dictionary Published
A comprehensive dictionary of Akan (Mfantse) with English translation and an up-to-date bibliographic information on the language has been published by CEFIKS. Since J. G. Christaller published A Grammar of the Asante and Fante Language called Tshi (Twi) based on the Akuapem Dialect with Reference to Other Dialects in 1875 and A Dictionary of the Asante and Fante Language called Tshi (Twi) in 1881, and the Committee developed a unified orthography for Akan in 1975, there has not been any undertaking to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of any of the dialects of the Akan (Mfantse and Twi) language.
The dictionary is arranged in alphabetical order. It is published in two volumes with first volume having entries from a-l and the second volume has entries from m-z. Efforts are being made to combine the volumes into one. The publication is authored by Rev Joseph Yedu Bannerman, Rev. Kwesi A. Dickson, Mr D. E. K. Krampah, and Dr. G. F. Kojo Arthur.
It is hoped that this publication (both in print and electronic versions) will be an important boost to Akan linguistic studies, and will aid scholars and teachers in the study and teaching of the Akan language and the history and culture of the Akan people. Scholars engaged in Africa and diaspora studies, religion, sciences and multicultural education will benefit greatly from this publication as the documents to be produced as a result of this project will be in Akan and English. There has been increased commercial, educational, and cultural interactions between the US and Ghana in recent years. Culturally, a lot of the tourism attractions in Ghana are in the Akan-speaking areas. Language proficiency will enhance these interactions and make the visits more memorable and beneficial to the US visitor to Ghana. Such a dictionary will, hopefully, lead to knowledge and understanding of the Ghanaian multicultural heritage. Also, with the era of inevitable global connections, it will enhance American interaction abroad. Also, CD-ROM compilation of vocabulary and bibliographic entries will provide search facility under various subject headings (e.g., the arts, religion, and sciences) for easy use by scholars.