A Morphological Analysis of Akan Honorific and Title Names for God


  • Samuel Yeboah University of Cape Coast
  • Emmanuel Amo Ofori University of Cape Coast
  • Kofi Busia Abrefa University of Cape Coast




morphology, Akan, honorific, title names, God


This study is motivated by our observation that earlier works have looked at Akan personal names either from sociolinguistics or non-linguistic perspectives; however, a critical morphological analysis of the structure of Akan honorific and title names for God has eluded researchers in linguistics. It is based on this background that we conduct a thorough morphological investigation into Akan honorific and title names for God, with the aim of addressing the morphological processes that account for their derivation. Drawing on data from both primary and secondary sources, the analysis reveals that Akan honorific and title names ascribed to God have complex nominals and this is manifested through affixation, compounding and reduplication. It further shows that some of the names are recursive in nature and are therefore derived through nominalization of sentences or clauses, especially those that undergo compounding.

Author Biographies

Samuel Yeboah, University of Cape Coast

Department of Ghanaian Languages and Linguistics

Emmanuel Amo Ofori, University of Cape Coast

Department of Ghanaian Languages and Linguistics

Kofi Busia Abrefa, University of Cape Coast

Department of Ghanaian Languages and Linguistics


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