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Dr. (Mrs) Mercy Akrofi Ansah

Dr. (Mrs) Mercy Akrofi Ansah
Senior Research Fellow
Room 205, Kwame Nkrumah Complex
Language, Literature and Drama Section

Mercy Akrofi Ansah, a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ghana had her tertiary education at The University of Manchester (Ph.D in Linguistics); University of Ghana (M. Phil. Linguistics; B.A. Linguistics with Spanish) and the University of Cape coast (P.G.D.E). She belongs to the Language, Literature and Drama section of the IAS. Her research interest spans the areas of the Grammar of less-studied languages; Language Typology; Biographies and the Use of Language in various speech domains. In recent times she has researched into topics such as ‘Receiving justice in your mother-tongue: the role of court interpreters; ‘Investigating language barriers in healthcare’; ‘Language as a socio-cultural tool in Sustainable Development’; ‘Language use in the multilingual classroom’ and ‘Music as a language revitalization tool’. The findings of her research have been widely published in both local and international journals. Mercy teaches ‘Introduction to African Studies’ at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level she is engaged in the teaching of   ‘Academic Writing’ ; 'African Languages and Language Endangerment'; and 'African Languages in Development Practice'. She has supervised graduate theses in the areas of Linguistics (Endangered Languages; Toponymy) and Biographies. Dr. Mercy Akrofi Ansah is a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and a member of the following bodies: Linguistics Association of Ghana (LAG); African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA); and the West African Linguistics Association. She is affiliated to the World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL). She is involved in Adult Literacy activities in the West Adenta community of Accra-Ghana.



Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2012. Compound Formation in Lɛtɛ (Larteh) . The Journal of West African Languages. Vol. XXXIX No. 2. 115-124.


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2012. Action Nominalization in Leteh. Ghana Journal of Linguistics.Vol. 1 No. I: 3-13.


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2013. Expressing Property Concepts in Leteh.

Ghana Journal of Linguistics. Vol. 2 No. 2 pp. 23-40.


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2014. Complement Clause Formation in Leteh. Contemporary Journal of African Studies.Vol. 2 No. 1 pp. 51-67.


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. Fall, 2014. Morphosyntax of the Leteh Simple Noun Phrase. California Linguistics Notes. Vol. XXXIXNo.1. pp. 0-21. ISSN 15481484.


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2005. Latɛ Sound System and Syllable Structure. In G.S.K Adika (ed.) Language Centre Journal I. pp. 123-132.


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. (2014). Language Choice in a Multilingual Community- The Case of Larteh.  Legon Journal of the Humanities. 25: 37-57. DOI:


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy and Nana Ama Agyemang (2015). Ghana Educational Language Policy and the Survival of Minority Languages - South-Guan Languages in Focus. Per Linguam: A Journal of Language Learning. 31 (1): 89-104.


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. (2014). Information Packaging: Focus Marking and Focus Constructions in Leteh (Larteh). Nordic Journal of African Studies 23 (3):162-179.


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. (2015). Typology of Leteh (Larteh) Nonverbal Clauses. Journal of West African Languages.42.1: 31-43.



Akrofi Ansah, Mercy and Esi Sutherland-Addy. (eds). 2018. Building the Nation: Seven Notable Ghanaians. Accra: Digibooks Ghana Ltd.



Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2014. Expressing Possession in Guan Languages:

The Leteh Example. African Studies and Knowledge Production. A Reader.

Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers. pp. 30-44.


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy, Esi Sutherland-Addy and Edward Nanbigne. 2018. Okyeame Kwadwo Boafo Akuffo: Redefining Oratory in the New Ghana. In Mercy Akrofi Ansah and Esi Sutherland-Addy. (eds). Building the Nation: Seven Notable Ghanaians. pp. 215-252. Accra: Digibooks Ghana Ltd.

Owoahene-Acheampong, Stephen and Mercy Akrofi ansah. 2018. A Champion of Women: Florence Abena Dolphyne. In Mercy Akrofi Ansah and Esi Sutherland-Addy. (eds). Building the Nation: Seven Notable Ghanaians. pp. 253-290. Accra: Digibooks Ghana Ltd.



Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2003. Function of Tone in Larteh. In M. E. Kropp-Dakubu and

 E.K. Osam (eds.).  Studies in the Languages of the Volta Basin. I  pp. 197-203.


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2005. Number Marking in Latɛ Nouns. In M. E. Kropp-Dakubu and E. K. Osam (eds.). Studies in the Languages of the Volta Basin. IIIpp. 88-95.



Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2012. Numeral Systems of the World’s Languages (Akuapem Twi) at http//


Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2012. Numeral Systems of the World’s Languages (Larteh) at http//


Obiri M. and Akrofi Ansah, Mercy. 2012. Numeral Systems of the World’s Languages

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