Dr. F.K. (Felix) Ameka

  • Lecturer
  • African linguistics

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2243
E-Mail: f.k.ameka@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL T&C van Afrika
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 3.04b

Fields of interest

Descriptive and documentary linguistics
Semantics and Pragmatics
Linguistic typology
Anthropological linguistics
Ethnography of communication
Language contact and areal linguistics
West African languages


My primary research interests are the quest for the meaning of linguistic signs and exploring their use in social interaction. I am also interested in how and why languages vary and chagne over time and space, also in the reflexice relation between language, culture and cognition. I am concerned with questions of how cultural factors and cognitive processes as well as contact shape meanings and structures of languages. I work with primary data collected using ethnographic and experimental methods. My empirical specialisation is West African languages, mainly Kwa languages and other languages of wider communication, namely, Hausa and Fulfulde. My focus is on Gbe, i.e. Ewe, Gen Aja and Fon; Ghana-Togo-Mountain languages, especially Likpe; Guang and Akanic languages.

Teaching activities

Courses I teach include: Communication in Africa
Language Use and Diversity
Words and Meaning
Anthropological Linguistics
Language, Culture and Cognition

Curriculum vitae

1980 BA (Linguistics Major), Honours 1, University of Ghana, Legon
1986 MA (Linguistics), Australian National University, Canberra
1991 Ph.D (Linguistics), Australian National University, Canberra

Last Modified: 11-12-2015