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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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Lexico-Semantic Creativity in Linus Asong’s Prose Fiction (Lozzi Martial Meutem Kamtchueng)

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Lozzi Martial Meutem Kamtchueng

Department of Bilingual Letters, Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences, University of Maroua, Cameroon

Lexico-Semantic Creativity in Linus Asong’s Prose Fiction

Abstract: With reference to nine novels of Linus Asong, this paper examines the phenomenon of lexico-semantic creativity and the factors that account for it. The findings reveal that the phenomenon is well grounded in his fiction and is perceptible in lexical transfers, loanshift, coinages, analogical creation, lexico-semantic duplication and redundancy, collocational extension and newly created idioms. Besides, it can be argued that lexico-semantic creativity in Asong’s prose fiction is a testimony of the dynamism of the English language in the Cameroonian sociocultural context and can be attributed to the need-filling motive, the influence of background languages, the insufficient exposure of non-natives to exonormative models and the willingness to emphasize some lexical elements.

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