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Dr. Hasiyatu Abubakari

Position: 
Research Fellow
Email: 
haabubakari@ug.edu.gh
Office: 
Kwame Nkrumah Complex, Institute of African Studies
Section: 
Language, Literature and Drama
Profile

Hasiyatu Abubakari is a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana at the Language, Literature and Drama section. She holds a PhD (Suma Cum Laude) in African Studies (Languages and Literatures) from the University of Vienna, Austria (2018) and an MPhil in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Tromsø in Norway (2011). Her Undergraduate certificate is in English Language and Linguistics (First Class) from the University of Ghana Legon (2007). She is a fellow of the American Council of Learned Society (AHP: 2019-2020). She is an Assistant Editor of the Journal of West African Languages (2017-date).

Education

2014-2018          University of Vienna, Austria; Doctor of Philosophy, African Studies

2008-2011          University of Tromsø, Norway; Master of Philosophy, Theoretical Linguistics

2003 -2007         University of Ghana, Legon, English Language and Linguistics, Bachelor of Arts Degree

1997-2000          Mount Mary College of Education, Somanya; Teachers’ Cert ‘A’ 3-year Post-Sec.

Research Interests and Projects

Research Interests

  • Grammars of minority and less studied Mabia (Gur) languages
  • Syntax
  • Information Structure
  • Pragmatics
  • Language and Gender
  • Language and Media
  • Onomastics
  • Folklore
Teaching
Undergraduate:
  • UGRC 235, Proficiency course in Dagbani
 
Post Graduate:
  • AFST 640     Seminar 1/ Academic Writing
  • AFST 646    Africa and Language Endangermentt
  • AFST 649    African Languages in Development Practice
Publications

Abubakari, Hasiyatu, Assem, S. Ida, Amankwah A. Sikayena. (2021). Framing of Covid-19 Safety Protocols in Kusaal Musical Health Communication: Language and Literary Analysis. Language &Communication, Elsevier, Vol 81: 64-80

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2021). Noun Class System of Kusaal. Studies in African Linguistics, Vol 50.1, 116-139.

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2020). Topic Constructions in Kusaal and Related Mabia (Gur) of West Africa. Linguistics: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Language Sciences.  Mouton, De Gruyter

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2020). Personal Names in Kusaal: A Sociolinguistic Analysis. Language &Communication, Vol 75:21-35. Elsevier.

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. and Issah, S. Alhassan. (2020). The Syntax of Strong and Weak Pronouns in Dagbani and Kusaal. Studia Linguistica: A Journal of General Linguistics 74(3)1-29.

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2020). Focus Marking in Serial Verb Constructions in Kusaal. In Adams Bodomo, Hasiyatu Abubakari and Samuel Alhassan Issah (eds), Handbook of Mabia Languages of West Africa.  Glienicke, Galda- Verlag, Pp35-74.

Adams, Bodomo, Abubakari, Hasiyatu, Issah, A. Samuel. (2020). Handbook of the Mabia Languages of West Africa. Glienicke, Galda- Verlag. https://www.galda-verlag.de/product/handbook-of-the-mabia-languages-of-west-africa/

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2019). The Syntax and Semantics of Relative Clauses in Kusaal. Ghana Journal of Linguistics, vol 8.2:27-62.

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. Contrastive focus particles in Kusaal. (2019). In: Emily Clem, Peter Jenks & Hannah Sande (eds.) Theory and description in African Linguistics: Selected papers from the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, 325-347. Berlin: Language Science Press.

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2019). Predicate Cleft Constructions in Kusaal. In James Essegbey, Dalina Kallulli and Adams Bodomo (eds.), The grammar of verbs and their arguments: a cross-linguistic perspective. Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.

Bodomo, Adams, Abubakari, Hasiyatu and Dewei Che. (2018). On Nominalizing the Serial Verb in Mabia Languages. Ghana Journal of Linguistics, vol 7.2: 1-32.

Abubakari, Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2017). Ideophones in Kusaal, Journal of West African Languages. Vol. 44-1:42-57.

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2018). Relativisation in Kusaal. In Miriam Weidl & Samantha Goodchild (eds.), SOAS working papers in Linguistics, vol 19: 3-28. London, The Print Room SOAS. https://www.soas.ac.uk/linguistics/research/workingpapers/volume-19/soas-working-papers-in-linguistics-volume-19-2018.html           

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2018). Information Structure and the Lexical-Functional Grammar Framework. In Butt, Miriam, & King, Tracy Holloway (Eds.): Proceedings of the LFG’18 Conference, University of Vienna (pp. 325–345). Stanford, CA: CSLI Publication

Adams, Bodomo and Hasiyatu, Abubakari. (2017). Towards the harmonisation of a writing technology for the Mabia Languages of West Africa. In Kwesi Kwaa Prah & Lazarus Musazitame Miti (eds.), Deconstructing the African Tower of Babel: Between the Harmonisation and Fragmentation of African Language Orthographies. CASAS Book Series No. 120:159-181

Conference and Workshop Presentations

Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2021). Synchronically invented language of (anti)corruption in Kusaal. Workshop on Language and Literature of Corruption in West Africa. University of Education, Ajumako Campus, 30th September 2021.

Akrofi Ansah Mercy, Abubakari Hasiyatu, Adjei Edwin, Agyepong Dorothy. (2021). African Languages, Cultural identities and the Next Generation. Presented at the 3rd Kwame Nkrumah Intellectual Cultural Festival, 20th -24th September, 2021, University of Ghana

Issah, Alhassan Samuel, Abubakari, Hasiyatu, Owoahene Samuel Acheampong, & Luri, Dramani Moses (2021). The form, distribution and interpretation of reflexivity in the Mabia languages   of Ghana. Presented at the 55th Linguistics Colloquium Inter- and intralinguistic Contrasts, 8th-  11th September 2021, University of Rzeszów, Poland.

Hasiyatu, Abubakari, Atintono, Samuel & Issah, Alhassan Samuel. (2021). Negation and the perfective –ya in the verbal paradigm of three Mabia languages: Dagbani, Gurenɛ and Kusaal.  Presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the Linguistics Association of Ghana (LAG), July 27-30, 2021, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Hasiyatu, Abubakari. (2021). A Serializing Discourse Particle in Kusaal. Presented at the 10th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL 10), 7th-12th June 2021, Leiden University.

Issah, Alhassan Samuel & Abubakari, Hasiyatu. (2021). Semantics of Nominal Classification in Mabia Languages. Presented at the 10th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL 10), 7th-12th June 2021, Leiden University.

Hasiyatu Abubakari & Samuel Alhassan Issah. (2021). Particles and ex-situ focus in Mabia languages: A grouping based on inventory. Presented at the 51st and 52nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 51 & 52), April 2021, University of Florida, USA.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2021). Verbal Alternations in Kusaal and related languages. Presented at the 51st and 52nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 51 & 52), April 2021, University of Florida, USA.

Hasiyatu Abubakari, Ida Sodoke Assem & Adwoa Sikayena Amankwah. (2021). Framing of Covid-19 Safety Protocols in Kusaal Musical Health Communication: Language and Literary Analysis. Presented at the 4th School of Languages Conference (SOLCON IV), November 3rd-5th, University of Ghana, Legon.

Samuel Alhassan Issah & Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2020). Long Distance Dependencies in Dagbani and Kusaal. Presented at the 50th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics: 31st August - 2nd September, Leiden University, Netherlands.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2020). Noun Class System of Kusaal: A Case of Semantic Network of Association. Presented at the 50th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics: 31st August - 2nd September, Leiden University, Netherlands.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2019). Presentation: Disambiguating the Information Structure (I-S) of the Lexical-Functional grammar Framework. Presented at the Departmental Seminar of the Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana: 18th September. University of Ghana, Legon.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2019). Information Structure in Selected Northern Languages of Ghana. Presented at the Faculty Research Seminar of the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Studies: 10th April, University of Professional Studies, Accra.

Hasiyatu Abubakari & Izabela Jordanoska (2018). Coordination and interrogativity in West African languages.    Presented at the 9th World Congress on African Linguistics (WOCAL9), August 23-26, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.

Hasiyatu Abubakari (2018). Focus marking strategies in Kusaal. Presented at the workshop on Information Structure: Form and Function during the 23rd International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference: 20th July, University of Vienna, Austria.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2018). Information Structure and the Lexical-Functional Grammar Framework. Presented at the 23rd International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference: 17th-19th July, University of Vienna, Austria.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2018). Phasal Polarity Expressions in Kusaal. Presented at the conference on the expression of Phasal Polarity in sub-Saharan African languages: 2nd-4th February, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2017). The Verbal System of Kusaal. Presented at the Mabia Workshop II: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, University of Vienna, Austria.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2017). In-situ Focus in Serial Verb Constructions in Kusaal. Presented at the Mabia Workshop I during the 30th West African Languages Congress and 10TH Linguistics Association of Ghana Conference, July 31-August 4, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2017). Topicalization in Mabia Languages. Presented at the 30th West African Languages Congress and 10TH Linguistics Association of Ghana Conference, July 31-August 4, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana.

Hasiyatu Abubakari (2016). Nominal Classification in Kusaal. Presented at the 2nd Symposium on West African Languages, October 2016, University of Vienna.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2016). Relativization in Kusaal. Presented at the Linguistics Association of Ghana Conference July 2016, Tamale, Ghana.

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2016). Contrastive Focus Particles in Kusaal. Presented at the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 47), March 2016, University of California, Berkeley USA

Hasiyatu Abubakari. (2015). Predicate cleft constructions and serial verb constructions in Kusaal. Presented at the International Workshop in honor of Lars Hellan: Nov. 2015, University of Vienna.

Hasiyatu, Abubakari. (2014).  Interaction between Serial Verb Constructions and Predicate Cleft Constructions in Kusaal. Presented at the Linguistics Association of Ghana Conference July 2014, University of Professional Studies, Accra.

Membership of Professional Associations
  • Association for Contemporary African Linguistics (ACAL: 2016-date)
  • Linguistics Association of Ghana (LAG: 20141-date)
  • The West African Linguistic Society (WALS: 2017-date)
  • Pragmatics Association of Ghana (2018-date)
  • International Lexical-Functional Grammar Association (ILFGA: 2016-date)
  • African Studies Association of Africa (2021 to date)
  • University Teachers Association of Ghana (2014 to date)
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