Literatur und Sprache in Krisen- und Umbruchzeiten
Edited By Ernest W.B. Hess-Lüttich, Carlotta von Maltzan and Kathleen Thorpe
Sprachen in Bewegung: Mehrsprachigkeit und Identität Sprachwandel und Sprachverlust in Cameroun
Joseph Mbongue (Universität Yaoundé I Cameroun)1
Sprachen in Bewegung: Mehrsprachigkeit und Identität
Sprachwandel und Sprachverlust in Cameroun
When even cultures of writing such as the Western or Asian societies have experienced a significant language change this applies only the more so in oral cultures where languages lack the stability of normative codification. In a multilingual society like Cameroon a more specific phenomenon can be currently observed, i.e. that of a disintegration of traditional language boundaries while new language identities emerge. This language change affects especially 'small' languages, which are assimilated by surrounding larger language communities leading to the development of new (linguistic) identities.
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