Prof. Charles Ofosu Marfo

Associate Professor

Dept: Language and Communication Sciences
Office of the Provost
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kumasi, Ghana

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Research Areas/Interests

Language, Linguistics, African Studies and Communication Studies...~more


    • Bodomo, A., Marfo, C. and Hall-Lew, L. (2010). Let’s Speak Twi: A Proficiency Course in Akan Language and Culture, Stanford: CSLI Publications. [ISBN: 978-1-5758-660-4]
    • Marfo, C. (2009). Aspects of Akan Grammar and the Phonology-Syntax Interface. Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing. [ISBN: 978-3-8383-2791-4]
    • Marfo, C. (ed.). 2008. Reflections on Religion and Science. Kumasi: University Printing Press. [ISBN: 998-8-7815-5-5
    • Adu-Gyamfi, S., C.O. Marfo, A. Y. Yaaba, K. Amakye-Boateng, M. Abass and H. T. Yartey. 2020. Free Senior High School (SHS) and Quality University Education in Ghana: The Role of the University Teacher. Journal of Educational and Social Research, Vol. 10(5): 225-239.
    • Adu-Gyamfi, S., E. Antwi Fordjour, C.O. Marfo and Adjei Forson, Isaac. 2020. Funeral among the Akan people: Some perspectives on Asante. Journal of Ethnology and Culturology (Revista de Etnologie ?i Culturologie), Vol. XXVII: 44-53.
    • Sanka, C.G., S. Adu-Gyamfi and C.O. Marfo. 2020. Tales in the Paasaali dirge: Structure and moral lessons from the past. MANUSYA Journal of Humanities 23: 19-39.
    • Adu-Gyamfi, S. and C. Marfo. (2018). Preventive healthcare tapestry: Ensuring a resonance. Arts and Humanities Open Access Journal 2(6):416? DOI: 10.15406/ahoaj.2018.02.00091
    • Adam-Moses, K. and C. Marfo.  (2018). Power in institutional discourse: An analysis of admission letters of some public universities in Ghana. Real Studies 15: 97-110.
    • Marfo, C. and Osam, E. Kweku. (2018). Optimal inflections as asymmetry between verbal and nominal reduplicated forms in Akan. Ghana Journal of Linguistics 7(2): 33-51.
    • Adu-Gyamfi, S., C. Marfo, C. Gbolo Sanka, P. Kodua.  (2018). Words in healing: Some ethnographic observations from the Hohoe Area of Ghana. International Journal of Social Sciences and Education 8(3): 77-94.
    • Marfo, C. (2016). Prosody drives syntax: Prosody in the focus and topic constructions of Akan. Linguistics Journal, 10(1): 164-181.
    • Sanka, C., S. Adu-Gyamfi  and C. Marfo.  (2016). The politics and poetics of certain traditional circumstantial names: Sisaali culture of Ghana. International Humanities Studies, 3(3): 1-15.
    • Bonku, L., Yeboah, P. A., Marfo, C. (2016). Old women as repositories of wisdom: Insights from novels by Ama Ata Aidoo and Amma Darko. Metaphors: Contemporary Studies in Literature and Language, 1(2): 48-58.
    • Marfo, C. (2016). Prosody drives structure: The case of compounds in Akan. Issues in Language Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1: 84-97.
    • Adu Manyah, K., Marfo, C., Opoku-Agyeman, K. and Aning, J. (2016). Dominant voices and sounds of Akan proverbs and riddles. Social Sciences and Humanities Journal, 1(3): 212-221.
    • Appiah, G. and Marfo, C. (2015). Semantically incorrect: An overview of some Akan constructions. Journal of Advances in Humanities, 4(1): 360-367.
    • Marfo, C. and Hill, C. (2015). Pragmatics of humor at the workplace: A case study. SamaraAltLinguo E-Journal 6: 10-23.
    • Marfo, C., Yeboah, P. A. and Bonku, L. (2015). Exploiting the exploiter: Some violations of society’s expectations in Beyond the Horizon and The Housemaid, 3L: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, 21(1): 35-46.
    • Marfo, C. and Aminu, D. (2014). Political rhetoric landscape of Ghana: Examining the dominant rhetorical appeals in the 2008 presidential election campaigns. Akademeia, 4(1): 1-9.
    • Abakah, P., Marfo, C. and Bonku, L. (2014). An angle of seeing: Pornography and profanity as pharmakon in Amma Darko’s Beyond the Horizon and The Housemaid. Advances in Language and Literary Studies 5(2): 108-114.
    • Osam E. K., Marfo, C. and Agyekum, K. (2013). The morphophonology of the Akan reduplicated word-form, Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, 9 (2): 45-56.
    • Marfo, C. (2013). Optimizing structure: The case of the 'CrV' syllable in Akan. Ghana Journal of Linguistics 2(1): 63-78.
    • Ofori-Duah, K. and Marfo, C. (2013). Behind the box: A sociological analysis of theft, tampering and mishandling of postal packets. Journal of Language, Technology & Entrepreneurship in Africa, 4(1): 31-43.
    • Marfo, C. (2012). Book Review – The Akan noun phrase: Its structure and meaning. Ghana Journal of Linguistics, 1(1): 79-88.
    • Nsiah, J. and Marfo, C. (2011). What is in a title? A reading of Amma Darko’s The Housemaid. In G. Collier (ed.) Sphere Public or Private of Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, 39: 363-376.
    • Marfo, C, Opoku-Agyeman, K and Nsiah, J. (2011). Symbols of communication: The case of Àdì?kráand other symbols of Akan. International Journal: Language, Society and Culture 32: 63-71.
    • Abakah, P. and Marfo, C. (2009). Expressing culture through drama: A reading of Anowa and The Marriage of Anansewa. Journal of Language, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Africa, 1(2): 175-186.
    • Marfo, C. and Yankson, S. (2008). The structure of the 'CCV' syllable of Akan. Concentric: Studies in Linguistics, 34(2): 85-100.
    • Bodomo, A. and Marfo, C. (2006). The morphophonology of noun classes in Dagaare and Akan. Studi Linguistici e Filologici Online 4(2): 205-244.
    • Bodomo, A., Marfo, C., Cunningham, A. and Mok, S. (2006). A unicode keyboard for African languages: The case of Dagaare and Twi. International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 2(1): 1-20.
    • Marfo, C. and Bodomo, A. (2005). Information structuring in question-word fronting and focus constructions of Akan. Studies in African Linguistics, 34(2): 179-208.
    • Marfo, C. (2005). Akan focus and topic constructions and the prosody-syntax interface. Journal of West African Languages 32(1): 45-60.
    • Marfo, C. (2004). On tone and segmental processes in Akan phrasal words: A prosodic account. Linguistik online 18: 93-110.

    • Marfo, C. and Bodomo, A. (2004). Information processing in question-word fronting and focus constructions of Akan. In M. Butt and T.H. King (eds.) Proceedings of the LFG04 conference, 93-119. Stanford: CSLI.
    • Marfo, C. (2004). The prosody-syntax interface in Akan focus and topic constructions. Proceedings of the 4th Postgraduate Research Forum on Linguistics: 125-133. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong.
    • Marfo, C. and Yankson, S. (2008). Religiously incorrect: An overview of some religion-centred language. In C. Marfo (ed.) Reflections on Religion and Science, 155-164. Kumasi: University Printing Press.
    • Marfo, C. 2010. The structure of Akan compounds: Some prosodic structural insights. In M. E. K. Dakubu, N. A. Amfo, E. K. Osam, K. K. Saah and G. Akanlig-Pare (eds.) Studies in the Languages of the Volta Basin 6, 141-152.


    • Twi Medical Glossary for Clinical Students and Health Workers. KNUST-MEPI Projects, 2016.

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