Symposium on Pidgin English In Ghana [fr]
A symposium on Pidgin English in Ghana, under the theme “Pidgin English in Ghana as a research object and as a living language: linguistic, sociologic and historic perspectives” was held on Thursday 24th October 2019, as part of the third School of Languages Conference (SOLCON III) at the University of Ghana (UG). It was supported by Institut français in Ghana and the Goethe Institute in Accra.
The welcome address was delivered by Mr. Alexandre Foulon, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of France to Ghana. This was followed by an in-depth discussion of the status and future of pidgin English in Ghana which had Dr. Bernard Caron (CNRS, France), Prof. Magnus Huber (University of Giessen, Germany) and Dr. Kwakyu Osei-Tutu (UG, Ghana), pidgin English experts presenting some insightful opinions. Throughout the day, panel discussions ensued on various aspects of pidgin English as presented by different lecturers in the fields of linguistics and English from the University of Professional Studies Accra, the University of Giessen, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Ghana.
The highlight of the symposium was a performance by a group made of students from the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts and professionals entitled “Who be we?”. The performance, which was an excellent combination of music, dance, visual effects and spoken word poetry thrilled the audience in the Maison Française Conference room.
The symposium was well-attended, and ended in very fruitful interactions on the use of pidgin English in Ghana and its future evolvement.