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Multilingualism as a model: Fifty-four years of coexistence of English and French with native languages in Cameroon / Modèle de multilinguisme : Cinquante-quatre années de coexistence de l’anglais et du français avec les langues maternelles au Cameroun

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Lozzi Martial Meutem Kamtchueng and Pauline Lydienne King Ebéhédi

The authors in this volume study various facets of the long-term coexistence of French and English with native languages in Cameroon. This coexistence has many linguistic, educational and political implications. The data analyzed in the papers are collected through various methods and from various sources: questionnaires, interviews, participant observation, online sources, social media, written documents, recorded speeches and informal conversations, etc.

Les auteurs de ce volume étudient sur plusieurs facettes la coexistence de longue date entre le français, l’anglais et les langues maternelles au Cameroun. Cette cohabitation offre beaucoup d’implications linguistiques, éducatives et politiques. Les données analysées par les différents contributeurs ont été collectées au moyen de méthodes et sources diverses : questionnaires, interviews, observations participantes, sources internet, réseaux sociaux, documents écrits, discours enregistrés et conversations informelles, etc.

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Multilingualism in Cameroon Social Media (Camilla Arundie Tabe)

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Camilla Arundie Tabe

Department of English Language and Literatures of English Expression, ENS-Maroua, University of Maroua, Cameroon

Multilingualism in Cameroon Social Media

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate the languages used by Cameroonians on social media platforms, and the value of English and French on these Computer-mediated Communication (CMC) interfaces used by Cameroonians after 50 years of official bilingualism. Data are drawn from Anglophone Cameroon e-mails, Facebook chats, mobile telephone short message services (SMS) and questionnaires. Analysis of 328 electronic chats and messages, and 97 questionnaires reveals the use of English, French, Kamtok or Cameroon Pidgin English (CPE), Camfranglais and mixture of languages on social media platforms. In addition, English dominates French and other languages on these interfaces and is held in high esteem by Anglophone Cameroonians.

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