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    New ways of analysing the history of varieties of English - an acoustic analysis of early pop music recordings from Ghana

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    I will present first results of an acoustic analysis of Ghanaian “Highlife” songs from the 1950s to 1960s. My results show that vowel subsystems in the 1950s and 1960s show a different kind of variation than in present-day Ghanaian English. Particularly the STRUT lexical set is realized as /a, ɔ/ in the Highlife-corpus. Today, it is realized with three different vowels in Ghanaian English, /a, ε, ɔ/ (Huber 2004: 849). A particular emphasis will also be on the way Praat (Boersma and Weenink 2011) can be used to analyze music recordings

    Book review: British business and Ghanaian independence

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    Draft of book review for American Historical Review: Josephine F. Milburn. British Business and Ghanaian Independence. Hanover, N.H. : University Press of New England, for the University of Rhode Island. 1977 Pp. ix, 156

    What is it about? The topic in some Ghanaian Gur grammars

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    This talk deals with the pragmatic notion topic and its encoding in Buli and some related Ghanaian Gur languages and reveals that it is responsible for several intricate phenomena in the grammar of these languages

    Talking about Food: Improving Communication Between Ghanaian Women and Medical Practitioners

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    Worcester has the highest infant mortality rate in Massachusetts, and it is most prevalent in the Ghanaian community. In collaboration with Nhyira Ba, a Ghanaian led organization, we addressed communication barriers between medical practitioners and Ghanaian women on issues related to nutrition, food preparation, and the role of food in Ghanaian culture, by producing educational videos targeted at medical practitioners. With this effort we hope to create greater understanding between practitioners and their Ghanaian patients

    Ghana and the Ideal of the Citizen-Shareholder: A Corporate-Law Response to the Resource Curse

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    This Note assesses Ghana’s legal regime for managing revenues from its newfound petroleum reserves as a means of combatting the resource curse—the well-documented political and economic phenomenon wherein resource-rich countries experience greater levels of corruption and poor governance and weaker democracy and economic growth than resource-poor nations. The Ghanaian regime fails to provide systemic protections against the resource curse by (1) supplying insufficient economic development and poverty relief, (2) lacking incentives and mechanisms for overseeing and holding accountable the powers responsible for managing petroleum revenues, and (3) providing insufficient channels for spreading the economic benefits of extraction beyond the petroleum sector. This Note undertakes a comparative study of a representative group of petroleum revenue-management regimes—those of Alaska, Norway, Indonesia, and Trinidad and Tobago—in search of an effective regime that might be transplanted to Ghana. Finding that none of these regimes are adequately applicable to Ghana’s economic, social, or political context, this Note goes on to propose a novel regime for petroleum revenue management in Ghana, drawing on principles of U.S. corporate law

    Development, underdevelopment, and the state in Ghana

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    African Studies Center Working Paper No. 5