A dictionary and grammatical sketch of Dagaare

Mark Ali   Scott Grimm   Adams Bodomo  


This book presents an extensive dictionary of the Dagaare language (Niger-Congo; Gur (Mabia)), focussing on the dialect of Central Dagaare, spoken in the Upper West region of Ghana. The dictionary provides comprehensive definitions, example sentences and the English translations, phonetic forms, inflected forms, etymological notes as well as information dialectal variation. This work is intended as a resource for linguists, but also as a resource for Dagaare speakers. Also included is a grammatical sketch of Dagaare contributed by Prof. Adams Bodomo.



Mark Ali, University of Education, Winneba

Mark Ali, now retired, was a Lecturer in the Dagaare language at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana for 24 years. He is a native of Kaane, a village in Lambussie/Kaane District in the Upper West Region of Ghana, and a member of the Koware clan. He is also the author of 6 books in Dagaare concerning literature, culture and oral literature.

Scott Grimm, University of Rochester

Scott Grimm is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester, where he is also the director of the Quantitative Semantics Lab.

Adams Bodomo, University of Vienna

Adams Bodomo is a Ghanaian academic, a Universitätsprofessor (‘University Professor’) of African Studies (holding the Chair of African Languages and Literatures) at the University of Vienna, Austria – the first Black academic to occupy this top position in an Austrian university.

He has done pioneering research in many disciplines including African linguistics, Afriphone literature, diaspora studies with a particular focus on diaspora community contributions to the socio-economic development of countries of origin, Africa–China–Europe relations, and interdisciplinary studies across many humanities and social science disciplines.

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March 15, 2021
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Ali, Mark, Grimm, Scott & Bodomo, Adams. 2021. A dictionary and grammatical sketch of Dagaare. (African Language Grammars and Dictionaries 4). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5154710


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