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Women's Speech In The Basel Mission Community And Beyond

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This chapter explores women's speech in the mission community and its surroundings. It describes how English as part of the syllabus in the girls' boarding schools became a contested issue; in what terms it was discussed by the different parties involved, and how these discussions fitted into the aspirations of missionaries and the population around them. The chapter looks at 'African' languages and at a Christian linguistic practice of women at the interface of orality and literacy, in which women could assume the role of authoritative speakers. It focuses on the Accra and its immediate hinterland and is more concerned with developments in Akuapem.

Keywords: Accra; African; Akuapem; Christian; mission; women's speech



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