The Department of Ghanaian Languages and Linguistics is one of the oldest departments in the Faculty of Arts. The department which has been in existence since October 1974 was with the aim of training teachers for the Ghanaian Languages in the second cycle institutions. It started as the Department of Ghanaian Languages but later became a composite department in the 2006/2007 academic year when Linguistics was introduced. The vision to make the department a composite one had long been propagated by Opanyin K. Opare, Head of Department, 1987. He prayed at the time that a Department of Linguistics be established to expand the study of Ghanaian languages since Akan and Ewe were the only languages studied because the two were the only languages on which a lot of research had been undertaken. The Department is presently a Centre of Excellence in the study and use of Ghanaian Languages in the University of Cape Coast. It promotes research into Ghanaian Languages and Linguistics and the production of learning/teaching material for the tertiary and pre-tertiary levels of education in Ghana.
Today, it is the vision of the Department to see Ghanaian Languages used as languages of administration at District, Regional and National levels. It also seeks to ensure quality training of its students and also sensitize the general public on the place and role of languages in national development, especially Ghanaian Languages.
One better way to assess an institution is to have a fair knowledge of its genealogy. Since the inception of the Department, there have been eminent individuals who have brought their knowledge and experience to bear in order to bring the Department this far. These knowledgeable individuals who have served in the capacity of Head of Department are:
C. K. Nyomi Period not known
Opanyin K. Opare From - September 1987
Mr. F. K. Atakpa October 1988 – September 1991
Prof. John Orleans Degraft-Hanson November 1991 – September 1997
Dr. Kingsley Andoh Kumi October 1997 – September 1998
Mr. F. K. Atakpa October 1999 – September 2000
Mr. Edoh Torgah October 2000 – September 2001
Mr. F. K. Atakpa October 2001 – September 2004
Mr. Edoh Torgah October 2004 – September 2012
Mr. Okofo Asenso October 2012 – September 2014
Dr. Moses K. Kambou October 2014 – Date
Presently, the Department runs two Bachelor degree programmes and one M.Phil programme. At the Bachelor level, courses such as Akan, Ewe, Ga, and General and Applied linguistics lead to the award of B.A. (Arts) degrees in Akan, Ewe, Ga and Linguistics respectively. The Department also offers a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) program in Ghanaian Languages. However, an M.Phil program in Linguistics is yet to come on stream. The Department is also to start a sandwich programme and establish a translation and editing desk.
The Department is blessed with erudite personalities who help to facilitate teaching and learning. These individuals who serve in the capacity of lecturers, principal/senior research assistants, demonstrators etc. have diverse areas of expertise that they bring to bear with the aim of helping students reach higher heights in life. The Department can boast of 13 Lecturers, 4 Principal Research Assistants, 1 Senior Research Assistant, 2 Demonstrators, and 2 Teaching Assistants/National Service Persons. Here is a list of teaching staff in the department:
Professor Edoh Torgah Lecturer
Dr. Moses Kwadwo Kambou Lecturer
Dr. Mrs. Cecilia Kotey Lecturer
Dr. Emmanuel Amo-Ofori Lecturer
Mr. Okofo Asenso Lecturer
Miss. Comfort Asante Lecturer
Mrs. G. M. F. Akyea+ Lecturer
Mr. Peter Alexander Hope Lecturer
Mr. Kofi Busia Abrefa* Lecturer
Mr. Emmanuel Asubonteng Lecturer
Mr. Vincent Aziaku* Lecturer
Mr. Lawrence Bosiwah* Lecturer
Mr. Nii Adjei Adjetey^ Lecturer
Mr. Cosmas Rai Amenorvi Principal Research Assistant
Mr. Benjamin Kubi Principal Research Assistant
Miss. Charlotte Laryea Principal Research Assistant
Miss. Ernestine Abla Segbedzi Principal Research Assistant
Miss. Mercy Adzo Klugah Senior Research Assistant
Miss. Cynthia Datsa Demonstrator
Mr. Felix Kpogo Demonstrator
Mr. Edmund Ankomah Bimpong Teaching Assistant/National Service Person
Miss. Priscilla Osei Korama Teaching Assistant/National Service Person
* indicates study leave, +indicates sabbatical, ^ indicates part-time.
In addition to the teaching staff are 6 supporting staff. Here is a list of the supporting staff:
Mrs. Felicia Assibey-Ankrah Administrator
Mr. Alex Yaw Hunt Administrator
Mrs. Ruby Bright Amanful Typist
Miss. Thelma Gidiglo Liberian
Charles Aidoo Messenger
Amos K. Tinadjei Messenger
The Department of Ghanaian Languages and Linguistics has a well-resourced and updated library that assists students and lecturers in research. Books and publications in the library are catalogued, both digital and analogue. The Departmental Library is the only departmental library that has strong internet connectivity that aids research.
The Department has an outreach/internship coordinator and a research coordinator. The outreach/internship programmes enable students to do internship in the media and the outreach enable students study language language phenomena and collect data for various researches in the outreach communities.
The Department of Ghanaian Languages and Linguistics is the resource centre to be if you want to pursue a linguistic research and be well abreast with language related issues.