This special issue is a collection of articles which cover a wide range of topics on proverbs. The papers, most of which emanate from a selection of high quality presentations from the Second School of Languages Colloquium (University of Ghana) have undergone rigorous double blind peer review.  

Focusing mainly on African proverbs, the topics addressed by the authors span over several sub-disciplines of Linguistics, Literature, Music, and Education. The authors have probed and interrogated intensely the issues they address. Dominica Dipio’s article, African Motherhood Proverbs and Worldview: A Matriarchal Perspective, reflects on how life is organized around the mother in a predominantly patriarchal African society while Charles Owu-Ewie expounds on the use of proverbs to advise couples on virtues in marriage contractions in his paper, Proverbs in Marriage: Their counselling role and implications. Joseph Brookman Amissah-Arthur investigates the rhetorical strategies of the famous trickster ‘Ananse’ in Akan folktale in his article titled Theorising Pornogrammar in the Akan Folktale Tradition: The Trickster’s Rhetorical Indirection and Sexual Indiscretion. Gbemisola Adeoti reflects on the use of proverbs as a verbal resource for enriched communication in African drama in his article The Loudness of the ‘Unsaid’: Proverbs in Selected African Drama. Solomon Ali Dansieh investigates the effectiveness of the use of proverbs to achieve naturalness in Bible translation in his article Proverbs and Naturalness in Mother-Tongue Translation: The Dagaare New Testament in Perspective. In their paper Use of Proverbs as Communicative Tool in Ghanaian Choral Music Compositions Joshua Alfred Amuah and Hilarius Mawutor Wuaku analyse the use of proverbs as effective communicative tool in Ghanaian choral music composition. Benedicta Adokarley Lomotey embarks on an investigation into the existence and effects of sexist proverbs in Spanish communities. Maimouna Sankhé examines the use of proverbs and taxonomies in discourse to negotiate hegemony in Latin America and the Caribbean in Race, Taxonomies, and Proverbs in Latin American and the Caribbean Discourse.  Lastly, touching on the didactic role of proverbs in formal education, Kwadwo Osseo-Asare’s Ogya ne atuduro nna faako - Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together: Teaching and learning Materials Science and Engineering with African proverbs advocates the use of proverbs in the teaching of Material Science and Engineering to enhance students’ cognitive understanding of the subject.

Evidently, each of the papers in this publication constitutes an immense contribution to knowledge and together they fill a significant gap in the study of proverbs from varied perspectives.


Guest Editors

Josephine Dzahene-Quarshie

Nana Ama Agyeman

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2458-746X
print ISSN: 0855-1502