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Bibliograhpy of Dagaare Studies

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Dr. Adams B. Bodomo

This bibliography aims at documenting all publications and substantial manuscripts in the field of Dagaare Studies. It is hoped that it will serve as a useful resource for scholars doing work in this emergent field. Please, help make it more and more comprehensive by sending me your latest publications and substantial manuscripts for inclusion.


Alphabetically ordered by authors' last names

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Alenuma, Sidonia. 2002. The Dagaare-speaking communities of West Africa: a culture area profile. Journal of Dagaare Studies. 2: 58-70.
Ali, Mark K. K.
(year ?).The attitude of teacher and pupils towards the use of Dagaare in the teaching of Cultural Studies in JSS 2 masters thesis, (Cape Coast University ?)
Angkaaraba, James. 1980. The Nominal Phrase in Dagaari. Long Essay, Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana, Accra.
Anttila, Arto. and Adams Bodomo. 1996. Stress and tone in Dagaare. Rutgers   Optimality Archive (ROA-169-1296).
------. 2000. Tonal polarity in Dagaare. In Carstens, Vicki & Frederick Parkinson (eds.). Trends in African Linguistics 4: Advances in African Linguistics. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. pps 119-134.

Barker, Peter. 1986. Peoples, Languages and Religion in Northern Ghana. Ghana Accra: Evangelical Committee.
Bemile, Sebastian K. 1983. Dagara Phoneme Contrasts, vols. 1 & 2, Africana Saraviensia Linguistica, Universitat des Saarlandes, Saarbrucken, Germany.
------. 1990. Dagara orthography. Papers in Dagara Studies 1(2): 1-31.
Bendor-Samuel, John T. 1971. Niger Congo, Gur. In Current Trends in Linguistics ed. by T. Sebeok. The Hague: Mouton.
Behrends, A. 2002. 'Pogminga' - the 'proper Dagara woman': an encounter between Christian thought and Dagara concepts. Journal of Religion in Africa. 32 (2): 231 - 253.
Bodomo, Adams B. 1985. A Study of Phonological Interference as a Problem Facing the Ghanaian Student of French: The Dagaare - English - French case. Long Essay, Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana, Accra.
------. 1989. A Study of Dialect Variation in Dagaare. M. A. thesis, Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana, Accra.
------. 1993. Complex Predicates and Event Structure: An Integrated Analysis of Serial Verb Constructions in the Mabia Languages of West Africa. Working Papers in Linguistics. 20. Department of Linguistics, University of Trondheim, Norway. 132 pages.
------. 1994a. The noun class system of Dagaare: A phonology - morphology interface In Working Papers in Linguistics No. 22, University of Trondheim, Norway.
------. 1994b. Language, Culture, and History in northern Ghana: An introduction to the Mabia linguistic group. In Nordic Journal of African Studies, vol. 3 (2), University of Helsinki Press, Finland.
------. 1995. The contribution of loanwords to the study of cultural history: An illustration with the Dagaaba of northwestern Ghana. Nordic Journal of African Studies vol 4 no. 2. pp. 42-49.
------. 1996. Complex predicates: The case of serial verbs in Dagaare and Akan. In Butt and King (eds.) On-Line Proceedings of the First LFG Conference pp. 89 -103, August 26-28 1996, Grenoble, France. CSLI, Stanford University.
------. 1997. The Structure of Dagaare. Stanford Monographs in African Languages, CSLI publications, Stanford, USA. 159 pages. <http://cslipublications.stanford.edu/site/1575860775.html>
------. 1997. Paths and Pathfinders: Exploring the Syntax and Semantics of Complex Verbal Predicates in Dagaare and other Languages. Doctoral dissertation, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. 304 pages. ISBN 82-7861-060-6.      
------. 1997. Linguistic relativity in the light of Mabia temporal systems: Evidence from Dagaare and Dagbane. In Cahiers Voltaiques /Gur Papers I pp. 95 - 103, Bayreuth, Germany
------. 1997. A Conceptual Mapping Theory for Serial Verbs. Online Proceedings of the International LFG Conference 1997. University of California, San Diego. CSLI, Stanford University.
------. 1998. Serial verbs as complex predicates in Dagaare and Akan. In Maddieson and Hinnebusch, eds. Language History and Linguistic Description in Africa: Trends in African Linguistics, Vol. 2. pp. 195-204 Africa World Press, Inc.
------. 1988-2000. My Heart Speaks / N pote
r .An unpublished collection of poems in Dagaare, English, French, and Norwegian. Hong Kong .
------. 1998-2000. Dagaare Linguists' Homepage. at: <http://www.hku.hk/linguist/staff_ab.DagaareLinguist.html>
------. 1999-2000. Ka Te Yele Dagaare: A Proficiency Course in Dagaare Language and Culture. Online proficiency coursebook. at: <http://www.hku.hk/linguist/staff/_ab.DagaareProficient.html>
------. 2000. The syntax of nominalized complex verbal predicates in Dagaare, ms. University of Hong Kong.
------. 2000. Dagaare: Languages of the World Materials No. 165. Lincom Europa, Munchen, Germany. 65 pages. ISBN 3895862509.
------. 2001. History from linguistics: loanwords in Dagaare as sources of information for a cultural history of the Dagaaba. In Journal of Dagaare Studies. Vol.1:1. pps 15-24.
------. 2001. A comparative study of English small clauses and Dagaare serial verbs. In Languages and Linguistics.
Bodomo, Adams B. and Arto Anttila. 1996. A Concise Dagaare - English Dictionary, ms. Boston University.
Bodomo Mary K. 2000. Infinite Roots. Unpublished novel, Hong Kong.
Bresnan, Joan. and Adams Bodomo. 1997. A note on Dagaare action nominalizations as mixed categories, ms, Stanford University.
Bureau of Ghana Languages. 1994. Dagaare Language Guide. Accra.

Callow, L. C. 1969. Pre-survey report on Dagaare dialects. Research Review. 6 (1). Institute of African Studies, Accra.

Dagaare Language Committee. 1982. A Guide to Dagaare Spelling. Wa: Catholic Press.
Dakubu, Mary E. K. 1982. The tones of Dagaare. ms. Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana, Accra.
------. 1985. The peopling of northwestern Ghana. Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana, Accra.
------. 1989. "Dagaare clause structures." ms, Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana, Accra.
------. 1989. The Dagaare verbal phrase. ms, Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana, Accra.
------. 1992. Introduction to the Dagaare language. ms, Language Centre, University of Ghana, Accra.
Dakubu, M. E. K. and J. A. Saanchi. 1998. Constituent focus in Dagaare. ms. University of Ghana.
Dapila, Fabian N. 2001. Catholicism and the inculturation process among the Dagaaba of Ghana: the road of progressiveness. In Journal of Dagaare Studies. Vol 1:1.
Delplangue, Alain. 1983. Phonologie Transformationnelle du Dagara, SELAF, Paris.
------. 1986. La langue Dagara: essai de semiologie linguistique, DRL, universite de Paris VII.
------. 1990. Assertion et mode en dagara, in Linguistique Africaine 4.
------. 1996. Accord et non-accord du qualificatif dans les langues gur, in: L'accord, Faits de Langue 8, Ophrys.
------. 1997. L'adjectif et l'expression de la qualite en Dagara, in Linguistique Africaine, Hors-serie.
Dong, David A. 1981. The verb phrase in Dagaare. Long Essay, Language Centre, University of Ghana, Accra.
Durand, J. B. 1953. Dagaare-English Dictionary. Navrongo: St. John Bosco;s Press.

Girault, Louis. 1964. Notes sur la langue Dagara. Documents Linguistiques 1. Universite de Dakar.
------. 1967. Description phonologique de la langue Dagara Documents Linguistiques 12. Universite de Dakar.
Goody, Jack. 1962. Death, Property and the Ancestors. London.
------. 1967. The Social Organisation of the LoWiili, IAS, London.
------. 1972. The Myth of the Bagre, OLAS, Oxford.

Hall, Edward. 1973. Dagaare. In West African Language Data Sheets. ed. by M. E. K.
Herbert, J et al. 1975. Esquisse d'une Monographie Historique du Pays Dagara. Unpublished, Diebougou, Burkina Faso.
Hyman, Larry. 1993. Structure Preservation and Postlexical Tonology in Dagbani. Phonetics and Phonology, vol. 4: Studies in Lexical Phonology, ed. Sharon Hargus and Ellen Kaisse, 235-54. San Diego, California: Academic Press.

Kennedy, J. 1966. Collected Field Reports on the Phonology of Dagaari. Collected Language Notes 6. Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Accra.
Kunbuor, Benjamin. 2002. Customary law of the Dagara of northern Ghana: indigenous rules or a social construction. Journal of Dagaare Studies. 2: 1-18.
Kuwabong, Dannabang. 1992. Naa Konga: a collection of Dagaaba Folktales. Accra: Woeli Publishers.
------. 1999. Echoes From the Dusty River. Capricornus Enterprises, Hamilton, Ontario, Canana.
------. 2002. Reconstructing Dagaare history through verbal art: Doozee of Nyimbali and Manlaala resistance to Sofa / Zabogi (Zabarema) invasion of Dagao in the 1870s'. Journal of Dagaare Studies. 2: 71-82.

Lentz, Carola. 2003. This is Ghanaian territory: land conflicts on a West African border. American Ethnologist 30 (2):273–89.

------. 2003. Stateless societies or chiefdoms? A debate among Dagara intellectuals. In Franz Kröger und Barbara Meier (eds). Ghana’s North: Research on Culture, Religion, and Politics of Societies in Transition. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 129–159.

------. 2002. The time when politics came: Ghana’s decolonisation from the perspective of a rural periphery. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 20(2):245–74.

------. 2002. Contested boundaries: decentralisation and landconflicts in northwestern Ghana. APAD Bulletin 22: 7–26.

------. (with Richard Kuba). 2002. Arrows and earth shrines: towards a history of Dagara expansion in southern Burkina Faso. Journal of African History  43:377–406.

------. 2001. Local culture in the national arena: the politics of cultural festivals in Ghana.  African Studies Review 44 (3):47–72.

Lentz, Carola and Hans-Jürgen Sturm. 2001. Of trees and earth shrines: an interdisciplinary approach to settlement histories in the West African savanna. History in Africa 28:139–168..

------. 2001. Ouessa: débats sur l’histoire du peuplement. In Richard Kuba,  Carola Lentz et Katja Werthmann (dir). Les Dagara et leurs voisins. Histoire du peuplement et relations interethniques au sudouest du Burkina Faso. Frankfurt: Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereichs 268 „Westafrikanische Savanne“, 29–61.

------. (with Paul Nugent) (eds). 2000. Ethnicity in Ghana: The Limits of Invention. London: Macmillan.

------. 2000. Of hunters, goats and earth-shrines: settlement histories and the politics of oral tradition in northern Ghana. History in Africa (27):193–214.

------. 2000. Colonial constructions and African initiatives: the history of ethnicity in northwestern Ghana. Ethnos 65 (1):107–36.

------. 2000. ‘Tradition’ versus ‘politics’: succession conflicts in a chiefdom in northwestern Ghana. In Joao de Pina-Cabral and Antónia Pedroso de Lima (ed). Choice and Leadership in Elite Succession. London: Berg Publishers, 91–112.

------. 2000. ‘Chieftaincy has come to stay’. La chefferie dans les sociétés acéphales du Nord-Ouest Ghana. Cahiers d’Etudes Africaines 159:593–613.

------. 2000. Contested identities: the history of ethnicity in northwestern Ghana. In Carola Lentz und Paul Nugent (eds). Ethnicity in Ghana: The Limits of Invention. London: Macmillan. 137–61.

------.  1999. Colonial ethnography and political reform: the works of A.C. Duncan-Johnstone, R.S. Rattray, J. Eyre-Smith and J. Guiness on northern Ghana. Ghana Studies 2:119–69.

------. 1998. Die Konstruktion von Ethnizität. Eine politische Geschichte Nord-West Ghanas, 1870–1990. Köln: Köppe Verlag.

------. 1998. The chief, the mine captain and the politician: legitimating power in northern Ghana. Africa 68:46–67.

------. 1997. Creating ethnic identities in north-western Ghana. In Cora Govers and Hans Vermeulen (eds). The Politics of Ethnic Consciousness. London: Macmillan. 31–89.

------. 1995. ‘Unity for development’: youth associations in north-western Ghana. Africa 65: 395–429.

------. 1994. Home, death and leadership: discourses of an educated elite from northwestern Ghana. Social Anthropology 2: 149–69.

 ------. 1994. A Dagara rebellion against Dagomba rule? Contested stories of origin in north-western Ghana. Journal of African History 35: 457–92.

------. 1994. ‘They must be Dagaba first and any other thing second’: the colonial and post-colonial constructions of ethnic identites in north-western Ghana. African Studies 53:57–91

 ------. 1993. Histories and political conflict: a case study of chieftaincy in Nandom, northwestern Ghana. Paideuma 39:177–215.

------. (with Veit Erlmann.) 1989. A working class in formation? Economic crisis and strategies of survival among Dagara mine workers in Ghana. Cahiers d'Études Africaines, 113:69–111.


Luke, K. K. and Adams Bodomo. 2001. A comparative study of the semantics of serial verb constructions in Dagaare and Cantonese. Languages in Contrasst. 3 (2)



Manessy, G. 1981. Les Langues voltaiques. Les Langues dans le Monde Ancien et Moderne. Pt. I: 103-10, ed. by G. Manessy. Les Langues de l'afrique sub-Saharienne, ed. by. J. Perrot. Paris: CNRS.

Naden, Tony. 1989. Gur. In The Niger-Congo Languages pp. 141 - 168. ed. by J. Bendor-Samuel. Lanham, MD: Universities Press of America.
Nakuma, Constancio. 1990. Etudes Contrastives des Systemes Phonologiques Dagaare-Francais, avec Proposition d'une Orthographie Dagaare Tenant Compte des Faits Tonals. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Sorbonne, Paris, France.
------. 1999. Phonie et Graphie Tonale du Dagaare (Langue Voltaique). Paris: Editions de l'Harmattan.
------. 2001. Name morphology and significance among the Dagaaba of Ghana. In Journal of Dagaare Studies. Vol 1:1.
------. 2002. A Guide to Dagaahre Orthography. Journal of Dagaare Studies. 2:19-57.

Nakuma, Constancio. and Adams Bodomo. in preparation. A Guide to Dagaare Orthography. ms. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.
Nsoh, Avea. 2002. Classifying the nominal in the Gurene dialect of Farefare of Northern Ghana. Journal of Dagaare Studies. 2: 83-95.

Olawsky, Knut. 1996. An Introduction to Dagbani Phonology. Arbeiten des Sonderforschungsbereichs 282. Heinrich Heine Universitat, Dusseldorf., Germany.
------. 2000. Aspects of Dagbani Grammar: With Special Emphasis on Phonology and Morphology. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 41. Lincom Europa, Munchen, Germany.
van Oostendorp, Marc. and Adams Bodomo. 1993. Serial verb nominalization in Dagaare. ms.

Rialland, Annie. 1985. Le fini/infini ou l'affirmation.l'interrogation en moba (language voltaique parlee au nord-togo). Studies in African Linguistics, Supplement 9, 258-61.
------. 1997. The Vowel System of Dagaare in Gur Papers/Cahiers Voltaiques 2. 129-35.

Richard, Kuba, Carola Lentz et Katja Werthmann (dir.). 2001. Les Dagara et leurs voisins. Histoire de peuplement et relations interethniques au sud-ouest du Burkina Faso. Frankfurt: Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereichs 268 „Westafrikanische Savanne“


Saanchi, James A. 1992. The Dagaaba Dirge: A Study of its Structure and Style. M. Phil Thesis, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana.
------. 1997. "The Vowel System of Dagaare" in Gur Papers/Cahiers Voltaiques 2 pp. 129-135.
Schwenter, Scott. 1998. Discontinuous Remoteness in Dagaare. In Maddieson and Hinnebusch, eds. Language History and Linguistic Description in Africa: Trends in African Linguistics, Vol. 2. pp. 87 - 93 Africa World Press, Inc.
Sobiesuo, Andrew M. 2002. Images of blacks and Africa in Spanish literature: reflections on recent trends. Journal of Dagaare Studies. 2: 96-104.
Some Patrice M. 1999. Ritual: Power, Healing and Community: The African Teachings of Dagara. Bath, UK: Gill and Macmillan Ltd.
Some Penou-Achille.
1992. Signifiant et Societe: La Cas du Dagara du Burkina Faso. Paris: L'Harmattan.
------. 1995. Une proce
ćdure de dećcouverte: dećtection des tons dans les schemes tonales en dagara. Journal of West African Lanugages 25 (1): 3-41.
------. 1996. De
ćrivations dans les bases en dagara: pourquoi et quand un deuxieme ton? Linguistique Africanie 17: 43-106.
------. 1999. J'apprends le Dagara: de l'Ecriture a la Lecture. Rudiger Koppe Verlag, Koln, Germany.
------. in press. L'influence des consones sur les tons en dagara, langue voltaique du Burkina Faso. Studies in African Linguistics.
Swadesh, M. et al. 1966. A preliminary glottochronology of the Gur languages. Journal of West African languages. 3(2).

Taabazuing, Alexis. and Jeffrey S. Siekpe. 2001. Doing business with the Dagaaba: a cultural profile of a people. In Journal of Dagaare Studies. Vol 1:1.
Tengan, Alexis B. 2000. Hoe-Farming and Social Relations Among the Dagara of Northwestern Ghana and Southwestern Burkina Faso, Peter Lang GMBH, Frankfurt, Germany.
Tuurey, G. 1987. Introduction to the Mole-speaking Community. Wa: Catholic Press.

Wilson, W. A. A. 1962a. Notes on Dagaari: Kaleo-Jirapa Dialects. ms. Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana.
------. 1962b. The Vowel System of Dagaare and Lobiri. Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana.
------. 1971. Class pronoun desutude in the Moor?Dagbani Subgroup of Gur, Journal of African Languages 8(2):79-83.  

Yabang, Cletus K. 1990. Dialectal survey of Dagaare. Proceedings of the 19th West African Languages Congress, University of Ghana, Legon: 91-101.
Yelpaala, K. 1983. Circular arguments and self-fulfilling definitions: "Statelessness" and the Dagaaba. History in Africa, Vol. 10: 349 - 385.
------. 1992. Western anthropological concepts in stateless societies: A retrospective and introspective look at the Dagaaba. Dialectical Anthropology 17 (4): 413 - 430.

Zakpaa, B. B. 1978. Te kobo yili Bureu of Ghana Languages. Accra, Ghana.


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