The theoretical import of the present book hinges on the importance of mother tongue in education, the problems involved, and the need for language planning. Many Africans are losing their mother tongue because of civilisation, westernisation, and modernisation. Attention has been geared towards the learning of foreign languages at the expense of the local languages. The Akan language has been a victim to this unfortunate phenomenon. At the formal educational levels, less attention is focused on Ghanaian languages. This situation is worse at the secondary and tertiary educational levels. One of the major problems for the development of Akan and the other Ghanaian languages in education has been the lack of appropriate linguistic terminologies for the teaching of the Akan language at all levels. There is the need for a book on Akan metalanguage and terminology to enable the teaching and learning of the Akan language at the basic, secondary and tertiary levels of Ghanaian language studies. The terms in this book cover, punctuation, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and literature.
Professor of Linguistics, Ph.D. and B.A, Legon, M. Phil Trondheim Norway and Diploma in Ghanaian Languages. Areas of interest are Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Ethnography of Communication, Sociolinguistics, Stylistics, Semantics, Translation, Lexicography, Terminology, and Oral and Written Literature. I have published in various journals.