African Oral Narratives
Military Intelligence in Apartheid-era South Africa

Interview at Gowrie: Language Use in the Upper East Region

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Courtesy of Mary Esther Dakubu
Creator: Dakubu, Mary Esther Kropp
Nsoh, Ephraim Avea
woman, name withheld
Contributing Institutions: Mary Esther Kropp Dakubu; Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana; MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
Biography: The interviewee is a woman from the south of Ghana who was married to a Farefari-speaking man and had lived in the language area for a long time. She had at least middle school education, and earned money by baking bread at home to sell. The interviewer was a (male) graduate student at the University of Ghana and friend of the interviewee and her husband,
Description: The interviewee, who came from the south of Ghana, describes her own background and what languages were spoken by members of the family. Both she and her husband are literate. Her children usually speak Fante to her but Gurene (major Farefari dialect) to their father. The interview was conducted in Gurene, which she spoke fluently. A certain amount of code-mixing with English is observable but this is not unusual in speakers who have been to school.
Date: September 2001
Location: Gowrie, Upper East, Ghana
Format: Audio/mp3
Language: English
Rights Management: Education use only, no other permissions given.
Digitizer: MATRIX

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