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.
    • Akuffo, K. O., A. K. Asare, E. A. Fordjour, F. K. Nunoo, C. O. Marfo, I. E. Nimo Nunoo, D. B. Kumah, B. Fosu. (2021). Ani Nwoma no (A translation of The Eye Book by Kenneth Youngstein into Asante Twi). New York: Orbis International. Online:

    •  Tella, F., G. B. Assibey and C. O. Marfo. 2023. An Introduction to Communication, Kumasi: Vantage Solution [ISBN: 978-9988-3-5609-5]

    • Addo, P. K., G. K. Anane, Marfo and A. Adusei. (2023). Institutional approaches to supporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic: A comparative study of two Ghanaian public universities' online learning experiences, in L. Namatende-Sakwa, et al. (Eds), COVID-19 and Education in Africa: Challenges, Possibilities, and Opportunities, 152-166. Oxon: Routledge.
    • Anane, G. K., P. K. Addo, A. Adusei and Marfo. (2023). Risk management strategies for teaching and learning in Ghanaian public universities during the COVID-19 pandemic, in L. Namatende-Sakwa, et al. (Eds), COVID-19 and Education in Africa: Challenges, Possibilities, and Opportunities, 218-232. Oxon: Routledge.

    • Dumedah G., C. Marfo, Andam-Akorful S. A. (2022). An interoperability mobile application for location and travel planning services in Ghana – myTroski. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 13(1):140721-072548.

    • Akoto, O. Y., C. O. Marfo, J. O. Ansah, E. A. Fordjour and I. Adjei Forson. (2022). Examining graphemic and lexical anglicisms in Twi for academic purposes in textbooks written in Twi. Linguistik online 113 (1): 3-15.

    • Marfo, C. O., S. Adu-Gyamfi, C. G. Sanka, B. D. Darkwa, and L. Tomdi. (2022). “By June, everyone would have died”: Historicizing humor during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ghana. Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society 9(2): 56-80.

      Marfo, C and M. Mpotsiah. (2021). Discourse diversity in language use: A pragmatic inference of ‘I’m Coming’ in Ghanaian interpersonal communication. CLAREP Journal of English and Linguistics (C-JEL) Vol. 3: 65-81.

    • Arthur, P., C. O. Marfo and E. ResCue. (2021). Carrying the War against COVID-19 into Ghanaian Communities: The Case of the Akan Community. E-Journal of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences 2 (8): 108-119.

    • Mpotsiah, M, C. Marfo, I. Adjei Forson, E.A. Fordjour. (2021). A discourse pragma-stylistic analysis of invective expressions in Ghanaian politics. Ghana Journal of Linguistics 10 (1): 202-227.

    • Adu-Gyamfi, S., I. Adjei Forson, C.O. Marfo, E. A. Fordjour and H. T. Yartey. (2020). A rhetorical interpretation of character assassination in the contemporary history of Ghana. African Notes 44 (1 & 2); 1- 31.

    • 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 10 (5): 225-239.

    • Adu-Gyamfi, S., E. A. Fordjour, C.O. Marfo, and I. Adjei Forson. (2020). Funeral among the Akan people: Some perspectives on Asante. Journal of Ethnology and Culturology (Revista de Etnologie ?i Culturologie) 27: 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.

    • Adam-Moses, K. and C. Marfo. (2018). Power in institutional discourse: An analysis of admission letters of some public universities in Ghana. Research in English and Applied Linguistics 15: 97-110.

    • Marfo, C. and E. K. Osam. (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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