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English in Cameroon : Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL] - Hans-Georg Wolf

English in Cameroon

Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL]

Hardcover Published: 2001
ISBN: 9783110170535
Number Of Pages: 369
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

List of abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Object and aimp. 1
Metatheory, methodology, and terminologyp. 9
English in West Africap. 29
The Gambiap. 33
Sierra Leonep. 36
Liberiap. 38
Ghanap. 40
Nigeriap. 41
English in Cameroonp. 45
The historical background of the linguistic situation in Cameroonp. 47
The linguistic situation before the time of the first contacts with the Europeansp. 48
Early English influencesp. 49
German rulep. 52
British and French rulep. 64
Colonial philosophies and their reflection in linguistic and educational policyp. 66
The political development towards reunificationp. 99
The Federal Period from 1961-1972p. 126
The present linguistic situation in Cameroonp. 144
The legacy of France and Britain and foreign influences upon Cameroonp. 144
Languages and lingua franca areas in Cameroonp. 149
Language policy and national integrationp. 169
Educationp. 170
The mediap. 172
Official publicationsp. 173
Some other official domainsp. 173
The de facto status of English in Cameroonp. 179
The linguistic situation in the Anglophone provincesp. 187
The endoregional status and functions of French, Cameroon English, Pidgin English and the indigenous languagesp. 187
The speech community of the Anglophonesp. 194
The conditions of the acquisition of Englishp. 198
The acquisition of CamE through the educational system and the problem of finding a teaching modelp. 201
The linguistic potential of the Anglophone speech communityp. 217
The Anglophones' attitude towards English and the constitution of Anglophone "identity"p. 223
Cameroon English as a national varietyp. 239
Some lexical peculiarities of CamEp. 243
The Frenchification of the lexicon of CamEp. 249
Orthographyp. 250
Borrowingp. 251
The nativization of CamEp. 261
Contextualizationp. 267
The cultural model of 'community' realized in African English in general and in Cameroon English in particularp. 275
Summaryp. 301
Mapsp. 307
Referencesp. 311
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9783110170535
ISBN-10: 3110170531
Series: Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL]
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 369
Published: 2001
Publisher: De Gruyter
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.69