Sampson Korsah


  • 07/2017:
    PhD (Dr. phil.), University of Leipzig, Faculty of Philology
    Thesis: Issues in Kwa Syntax. Pronouns and Clausal Determiners
  • 2014-2017:
    Doctoral student in the Research Training Programme Interaction of grammatical building blocks
  • 2009-2011:
    M.Phil. in Linguistics, University of Ghana, Legon
    MA-thesis: Transitivity and inherent complementation in Ga
  • 2004-2008:
    BA in Linguistics with Study of Religions, University of Ghana, Legon

Research interests

  • Syntax-morphology interface
  • Syntax-phonology interface
  • Syntax and discourse (in Kwa (Niger-Congo), especially Ga).



  • Korsah, S. & A. Murphy. 2017. Reduplicated indefinites in Gã: Concord or polarity?. In V. Hohaus & W. Rothe (eds.), Proceedings of TripleA 3, 16–31. Universität Tübingen. [PDF]
  • Korsah, S. 2016. Beyond resumptives and expletives in Akan. In D. L. Payne, S. Pacchiarotti & M. Bosire (eds.), Diversity in African languages: Selected papers from the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, 103–116. Berlin: Language Science Press. [PDF]
  • Korsah, S. 2016. From polarity to reduplication in Gã. In: K. Barnickel et al. (eds.), Replicative processes in grammar (Linguistische Arbeitsberichte 93), 35–55. Universität Leipzig. [PDF]
  • Korsah, S. 2016. On deriving inherent complement verb constructions. In K. Bellamy, E. Karvovskaya, M. Kohlberger & G. Saad (eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe, 52–69. Leiden: University Centre for Linguistics. [PDF]
  • Korsah, S. & A. Murphy. 2016. What can tone tell us about successive-cyclic movement? Evidence from Asante Twi. In C. Hammerly & B. Prickett (eds), Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, 227–240. Amherst: GLSA. [PDF]
  • Barnickel, K., M. Guzmán Naranjo, J. Hein, S. Korsah, A. Murphy, L. Paschen, Z. Puškar & J. Zaleska (eds.). 2016. Replicative Processes in Grammar (Linguistische Arbeitsberichte 93). Universität Leipzig.
  • Korsah, S. 2014. On inherent complement verbs in Kwa. In A. Assmann et al. (eds.), Topics at InFL (Linguistische Arbeitsberichte 92), 397–422. Universität Leipzig. [PDF]


  • Korsah, S. 2017. Object drop in Kwa and radical pro drop. [PDF draft]
  • Korsah, S. 2017. Reducing the overt-null object distinction to syntax.
  • Korsah, S. & A. Murphy. 2017. Tonal reflexes of A'-movement in Asante Twi. [PDF draft]
  • Korsah, S. 2015. Gã imperatives and richness of the base. [PDF draft]
last modified: 02.01.2018