In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós
Edited By Rudolf Muhr
Kelen Ernesta FONYUY: Attitudes toward less Dominant Accents of Cameroon English
In: Rudolf Muhr (ed.) (2012): Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Pic- ture. In memory of Prof. Michael Clyne. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 491-498. Kelen Ernesta FONYUY (Universität Bayreuth, Germany) firstname.lastname@example.org Attitudes toward less Dominant Accents of Cameroon English Abstract Within a multilingual and multi-ethnic setting variation in Cameroon English (CamE) pronunciation is undeniable. The variation fluctuates be- tween ethnic accents of CamE, mainstream CamE, and CamE with a for- eign tinge, specifically British English Received Pronunciation (RP) or General American English (GenAm). One intriguing aspect observed in this variation is Cameroonians’ attitudes toward these varieties. The aim of this paper therefore is to describe the differing attitudes which Cam- eroonians exhibit toward the less dominant varieties of CamE pronun- ciation, henceforth, CamE ethnolects and CamE with RP nuances (Cam- BrE). Using existing empirical data (Fonyuy 2003, Fonyuy forthcoming, Ngefac, 2010, etc.), it could be postulated that social attitudes such as foreign and ethnic profiling are directly linked to phonetic features. This correlation of accents to stereotypes is so strong that when they dissoci- ate then something is unusual, yet there is always a disconnection, but [… the discontinuities that do occur, however often reflect geographical and social boundaries…” (Romaine 2000: 2). While attitudes conflict the less dominant accents on their part are systematically establishing pho- nologies of their own, a linguistic phenomenon which cannot be discon- nected from the contemporary diversified linguistic ecology. 1. Introduction In 2005, the National Population Census of Cameroon estimated...
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