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A Dictionary of Camfranglais


Hector Kamdem

This book is a simple and clear presentation of the lexis of Camfranglais, an urban youth sociolect in Cameroon. It presents this sociolect as an outgrowth of language contact phenomena that have fossilized especially around the Littoral Region of Cameroon. Methodologically speaking, it uses a lexicographic as well as an ethnographic approach to data collection. Lexical elements have been collected from such diverse sources as Cameroonian popular music, online chat groups and forums like Facebook, blogs, Youtube videos etc. Besides there were group conversations organized for the collection of data. The major strength of this book lies in the diversity and authenticity of its sources which are all traceable. Moreover, all the regular statements it makes about the origin, semantic categories, grammatical classes of the lexis of Camfranglais are the result of the necessary lexical manipulations that should precede these statements. A complete alphabetical lexicon of Camfranglais is presented, and, where possile, etymologies are given. For all entries, real examples are quoted so as to guide the reader to the usage of words. Idiomatic expressions are also presented for different lexical entries. The book will serve as reference for those working on Camfranglais as well as a starting point for lexico-semantic studies on Camfranglais.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Kamdem, Hector Fonkoua, 1985-

A dictionary of Camfranglais / Hector Kamdem Fonkoua.

pages cm

Includes bibliographical references.ISBN 978-3-631-65943-4

1. Camfranglais language–Social aspects. 2. Camfranglais language–History. 3. Camfranglais language–Dictionaries. 4. Cameroon–Languages–Social aspects. I. Title.

PL8021.C35K36 2015447’.96711--dc23


ISSN 0934-3709ISBN 978-3-631-65943-4 (Print)E-ISBN 978-3-653-05363-0 (E-Book)DOI 10.3726/ 978-3-653-05363-0

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