English in Cameroon

English in Cameroon

by Hans-Georg Wolf
     
 

ISBN-10: 3110170531

ISBN-13: 9783110170535

Pub. Date: 05/11/2001

Publisher: De Gruyter

The multilingual situation in Cameroon and the status of English as a co-official language constitute a unique and fascinating case for sociolinguistic investigation. Drawing from first-hand material, the author investigates several aspects of this complex configuration, including the historical development of English in Cameroon, the various languages and lingua

Overview

The multilingual situation in Cameroon and the status of English as a co-official language constitute a unique and fascinating case for sociolinguistic investigation. Drawing from first-hand material, the author investigates several aspects of this complex configuration, including the historical development of English in Cameroon, the various languages and lingua franca areas, the linguistic policy, the de facto status of English and the situation in the anglophone provinces. The speech community of the Anglophones is highlighted as a rare example of an ethnicity tied to the second language. Apart from important sociolinguistic findings, the work includes a novel, corpus-based analysis of Cameroon English. Certain lexical phenomena are explained by the cognitive coding of culture - particularly the African cultural model of community, which also underlies the self-perception of the Anglophones - a perspective hitherto neglected in the study of the New Englishes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110170535
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Publication date:
05/11/2001
Series:
Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL] Series
Edition description:
Reprint 2013
Pages:
369
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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