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Ethnolects of Cameroon English

Fonyuy, Kelen Ernesta

Ethnolects of Cameroon English

Pronunciation, Education, and Evolution

Series: Europäische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Européennes - Volume 380

Year of Publication: 2013

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 205 pp., 34 tables, 52 graphs
ISBN 978-3-631-62822-5 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.270 kg, 0.595 lbs

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Book synopsis

From an integrative perspective this study analyses the evolution of ethnolinguistic variability in Cameroon English (CamE) pronunciation along the educational echelon. Focus is on the phonetic/phonological variables of ethnolects distinctive from Received Pronunciation and CamE, and markers which prompt attitudinal reactions in speakers and listeners’ perceptions. Interviews are conducted and a questionnaire designed to elicit pronunciation and attitudinal variability. Integrative methods are explored to analyse the data, and the «trace element hypothesis» postulated. As contribution to studies on the evolution in the New Englishes it proposes the lectal continuum and fossilised CamE features as yard sticks for mainstreaming CamE phonology and advocates sociophonetics in language teaching.


Contents: Cameroon English phonetic variation in its social context in diachronic and synchronic times and spaces – Non-dominant and mainstream varieties of Cameroon English pronunciation.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Kelen Ernesta Fonyuy has a PhD in sociolinguistics from the University of Bayreuth (Germany). Her fields of research are in domains of sociolinguistics such as sociophonetics, contact, variationist, and applied linguistics, etc. She has scientific publications in international journals and book chapters.


European University Studies. Series 21: Linguistics. Vol. 380