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Mon May 10 2010

FYI: Study Abroad Program: Linguistics at NYU in Ghana

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        1.    Chris Collins, Study Abroad Program: Linguistics at NYU in Ghana

Message 1: Study Abroad Program: Linguistics at NYU in Ghana
Date: 05-May-2010
From: Chris Collins <>
Subject: Study Abroad Program: Linguistics at NYU in Ghana
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Study Linguistics in Ghanaat NYU-in-Ghana

NYU's study-abroad center in Ghana offers a rare opportunity for NorthAmerican undergraduates to study linguistics and African languages inAfrica. Students receive NYU course credit. Anyone may apply for theprogram and transfer the credits back to their home institution (if acurrent college student).

A special set of linguistics courses has been developed and is offered eachspring. The courses include:

Introduction to African Languages (V61.9058). 4 points. No Prerequisites. (Professors Collins and Singler)This course examines the structure and use of African languages.Traditional linguistic analysis is integrated with hands-on investigationof the languages of Accra and of Ghana more generally, with particularreference to the languages’ grammatical properties and social uses. (Thiscourse satisfies NYU students’ Societies & Social Science MAP requirement.)

Twi (V18.GHAN.002). Section 001: 2 points. Section 002, Accelerated: 4points. No Prerequisites.(Professors Anyidoho and Saah)The course is designed to provide basic communicative competence in oraland written Twi for beginners. It focuses on the structure of the languageas well as the culture of the people. The areas covered include i) oraldrills; ii) orthography; iii) written exercises; iv) translation; v)reading and comprehension; vi) conversation and narrative (dialogues,greetings, description of day-to-day activities, bargaining, givingdirections); vii) grammar; and viii) and culture.

Field Methods (V61.9044). 4 points. No Prerequisites. (ProfessorsCollins and Singler)This course is a hands-on approach to learning linguistics. Every year, anendangered and/or understudied language is chosen to investigate. Studentswill learn how to work with a native speaker consultant to describe alanguage from the bottom up, starting with phonetics and phonology, andmoving on to morphology, syntax and semantics.

Students also have the opportunity to work with faculty in doing anindependent research project for credit.

Students are able to take other courses at NYU-in-Ghana's Academic Centre,at the University of Ghana (Legon), and Ashesi University.


Akosua Anyidoho (Ph.D. Texas, 1993) is director of NYU-in-Ghana. Formerlyan associate professor of linguistics at the University of Ghana, Prof.Anyidoho’s areas of expertise include Twi, especially Twi oral literature,and language in education.

Chris Collins (Ph.D. MIT, 1993) [present in odd-numbered years] isprofessor of linguistics at NYU. He specializes in syntax and Africanlanguages, including Ewe (a language of Ghana). He has done extensivelinguistic fieldwork in Africa.

Kofi Saah (Ph.D. Ottawa, 1995) is head of the Department of Linguistics atthe University of Ghana. His areas of specialization are syntax andlanguage acquisition. A veteran instructor of Twi, he has taught Americanexchange students at the University of Ghana since 1995.

John Victor Singler (Ph.D. UCLA, 1984) [present in even-numbered years] isprofessor of linguistics at NYU. He specializes in pidgins/creoles,sociolinguistics, and African languages. He is co-editor of The Handbookof Pidgin and Creole Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

For more information about NYU-in-Ghana, visit:

To apply, visit:

If you have any questions, contact:Prof. Chris Collins,

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

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