Mr. Bodua-Mango Kenneth is a lecturer at the department of Gur-Gonja Education of the University of Education, Winneba.
He currently holds an MPhil in linguistics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
In 2009, he graduated with first-class Honors in Linguistics from the University of Ghana. He then worked as a teaching assistant at the Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana, for his National service in that same year.
In 2010, he won a scholarship from the Norwegian government under the quota scheme to pursue an Mphil in Linguistics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and graduated in 2012
At the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), he wrote his Mphil thesis on coordinators in Safaliba (a Mabia language spoken mainly in the Northern Region of Ghana.) In the thesis, he examined the Safaliba coordinators ‘ní’ / ‘aní’, ‘á’, ‘ka’, ‘ch_’ and ‘bíí’ in their naturally occurring environments.
The main areas of study included
• The syntactic categories that each coordinator can coordinate,
• The semantic properties of each of the coordinators and the pragmatic effect that the use of these coordinators can have.
• He also examined combinations of the individual coordinators called compound coordinators.
Mr. Bodua-Mango Kenneth is interested in working on in Gonja (a Guan language spoken in the northern Region of Ghana.) for his PhD.
However, unlike the MPhil dissertation, which was mainly descriptive, this study intends to conduct this study within the theoretical domain of modern linguistics theories.
Also, unlike my MPhil dissertation which only focused on the regular coordinators, this study will also cover Ellipsis in coordination and other special strategies of conjunction such as the use Comitative conjunction_ and Inclusory conjunction.
This proposed study could also afford him the opportunity to devote a section to compare coordination in Safaliba and Gonja, which are typologically different but are spoken within the same geographical area.