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Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture

In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós


Edited By Rudolf Muhr

This volume comprises 28 papers presented at the 1 st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages in Graz (Austria) in July 2011. The conference was also held in memory of Michael Clyne – eminent linguist, scholar, language enthusiast and advocate of multilingualism who died in October 2010. The volume pays homage to his important contributions in many fields of linguistics and in the theory of pluricentric languages. The conference in Graz was the first international event to document the situation of non-dominant varieties world-wide in order to identify common or diverging features. It provided substantial insights into the codification and in corpus and status planning of non-dominant varieties. The volume deals with 18 languages and 31 different national and other varieties in 29 countries of the world.


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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) 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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