By Eric A. Anchimbe

The (dis)empowerment of languages via language coverage in multilingual postcolonial groups usually shapes audio system’ identity with those languages, their perspective in the direction of different languages in the neighborhood, and their offerings in interpersonal and intergroup conversation. concentrating on the dynamics of Cameroon’s multilingualism, this booklet contributes to present debates at the impression of politic language coverage on day-by-day language use in sociocultural and interpersonal interactions, a number of identification building, indigenous language instructing and empowerment, using Cameroon Pidgin English in yes formal institutional domain names at the beginning ruled through the reputable languages, and linguistic styles of social interplay for politeness, recognize, and in-group bonding. as a result of a number of views followed, the booklet may be of curiosity to sociolinguists, utilized linguists, pragmaticians, Afrikanists, and students of postcolonial linguistics.

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Schröder (2003a) is the most recent book length investigation of the status and functions of CPE in both anglophone and francophone towns. A typical creolistic description of the language in terms of feature a­ nalysis, origins, and grammatical structure is still missing. Initial investigations by ­Schneider (1960, 1966) and Todd (1974) outlined the basic grammatical s­ tructure of the language as part of the bigger West African Pidgin English. However, a recent investigation that has focused on the syntax of CPE is Bazergui’s (1997) PhD thesis.

1. Use of indigenous languages during colonialism The status and use of indigenous languages in official domains (especially education) in Cameroon before independence differed distinctly under the three colonial governments that ruled the territory. The Germans, the British, and the French adopted language policies that favoured their overall colonisation goals. Some of these colonial policies or parts of them, as it is shown below, continued to be implemented by the independent Cameroonian government after independence.

Descriptions of code-switching and code-­ mixing behaviour using natural data are rare. As far as multilingual communication is concerned, Cameroonian youths have been studied in their creative and innovative use of English, French and the b ­ ilingual mixed social code, Camfranglais. g. g. g. g. Schröder 2007).   Language policy and identity construction Apart from Camfranglais, other innovative lexical items and expressions used by youths and students for in-group communication have also been investigated.

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