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Cameroon English

Anchimbe, Eric A.

Cameroon English

Authenticity, Ecology and Evolution

Series: Arbeiten zur Sprachanalyse - Volume 45

Year of Publication: 2006

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. 231 pp., num. tab. and graphs
ISBN 978-3-631-55332-9 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.320 kg, 0.705 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book addresses issues of authenticity, ecology and evolution in the indigenised varieties of English. It describes Cameroon English within its own natural internal and external ecology, and analyses it as a complete medium of communication that represents a complete sociohistorical community. The framework of filtration processes introduced in the book ushers the study of post-colonial Englishes into the broader linguistic debate about the status of non-native Englishes, making it possible to study them as fruits of given sociohistorical contexts rather than as simple side effects of improper education, faulty second language learning, or non-native deficits in English proficiency.


Contents: Cameroon English – The spread of English and its quest for standards – Linguistic identity – Toward a theoretical framework for Cameroon English – Indigenised varieties of English – The filtration processes – Integrational filtration process – Attitudinal filtration process – The straightening effect – The quantity-quality value hypothesis – Pidgin English – Linguistic integration – Interference – Morphological, lexical, morpho-syntactic and semantic Cameroonianisms – Tracing the origins of Cameroonianisms.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Eric A. Anchimbe holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Munich (LMU). His research domains include sociolinguistics, indigenised varieties of English, Pidgins and Creoles, applied linguistics, and pragmatics. He has published on language and identity, bilingualism, English language teaching, and world Englishes.


«…well-written and well-researched throughout. The author argues his point convincingly and authoritatively, and shows an excellent command of the material and of the theoretical foundations of modern studies of varieties of English.» (Richard W. Janney)


Arbeiten zur Sprachanalyse. Bd. 45
Herausgegeben von Konrad Ehlich