Samuel Gyasi Obeng

Samuel Gyasi Obeng

Distinguished Professor, Linguistics

Adjunct Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Adjunct Professor, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Affiliate Professor, African Studies Program

Affiliate Professor, Hutton Honors College

Affiliate Professor, Islamic Studies Program


  • Ph.D., University of York (UK), 1988

Research interests

  • Discourse-Pragmatics
  • Conversational Phonetics, Firthian Prosodic Phonology
  • African Linguistics (especially, endangered languages), Multilingualism and Language Contact.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

These are grouped into 2— (i) Academic Qualifications; and (ii) Professional Pedagogical Training/Qualifications.

Academic Qualifications with dates

  1. Post-Doctoral Research Scholar in Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles 1993
  2. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Language and Linguistics Science (with specialization in Phonetics-Phonology, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis), University of York, UK, 1988
  3. Bachelor of Arts with Honors (B.A. Hons), Linguistics with a Minor in Swahili, University of Ghana, Legon-Ghana, 1981
  4. Advanced Level Certificate, Winneba Secondary School, 1978
  5. Ordinary Level Certificate, Asuom Secondary School, 1976

Professional Qualifications with dates
(Professional Language Proficiency/Examiner Training)

  1. Standards Based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP), NALRC, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, 2007
  2. Modified Oral Proficiency Interview Training [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (MOPI–ACTFL)]. Indiana University, 2007
  3. Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Training (OPI–ACTFL)]. NALRC, Indiana University, 2007
  4. Training & Orientation, Chief Examiner of Ghanaian Language (Akan). West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Ghana, Summer 1989-1994
  5. Training and Orientation, Assistant Examiner of English Language. Royal Society of Arts (RSA, London-WAEC, Ghana Division), Summer 1983
  6. Training and Orientation, Assistant Examiner of English Language, WAEC, Ghana, Summer 1982-84