Implications for Gender Relations of Summons-Response and Address Forms in Dagbanli
This paper examines the structure and function of the summons and response in Dagbanli as well as address forms in the husband-wife relation. The Dagbanli
language imposes different response forms on males and females and asymmetrical address terms between husband and wife. Drawing from my knowledge of the
language as a native speaker and from observed practices of other speakers as well as from insights of key informants, I apply theories of sociolinguistics
and pragmatics to analyze these simple conversational acts and I argue that they do not only reflect the sex differences of speakers but embed a larger
gender ideology of unequal social relations between males and females in the Dagomba society.