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dc.contributor.authorThompson, Rachel
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-02T00:54:14Z
dc.date.available2019-07-02T00:54:14Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn2215-0390
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.amper.2019.100047
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/385986
dc.description.abstractThis study examines the use of tweaa [tɕʏɪaa], an Akan emotive interjection that expresses “contempt” for a person, in the Corpus of GhanaWeb Comments in Ghana's 2016 Election (CGCGE16). CGCGE16 comprises reader comments posted in the build-up to Ghana's presidential elections in December 2016 on www.ghanaweb.com, a news website that guarantees freedom of speech and ensures citizen participation in online sociopolitical discussions. The study employs the semantic explication method of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) approach to unpack the meaning of tweaa to give a fuller understanding of its rhetorical power in online political discourse. It points out that tweaa is derogatory and expresses lack of respect for the user's target, thus, according to traditional Ghanaian values, its use is unacceptable, especially during asymmetrical interactions. Citizens, however, hide behind the shield of anonymity online platforms guarantee, and their ability to circumvent traditional gatekeepers of acceptable speech forms during online discourse, and freely use tweaa to vent their feelings against authority figures.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.ispartofchapter100047
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom100047
dc.relation.ispartofpageto100047
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAmpersand
dc.relation.ispartofvolume6
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Science
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1606
dc.titleTweaa! – A Ghanaian interjection of “contempt” in online political comments
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/
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gro.rights.copyright© 2019 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license, which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.
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