This volume is a collection of articles dealing with African, in particular West African, varieties of English, including English-based Pidgins and Creole languages, some of which have received only scant attention so far. A wide range of different aspects are highlighted: the role of the varieties discussed in their respective linguistic situations, evidence of the acculturation of English in an African context, lexical and grammatical characteristics, questions of language and education policy, and – for the first time – a lexical comparison of two developing national varieties.
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. 185 pp., num. fig., tab. and graph.
Contents: Hans-Georg Wolf: The Contextualization of Common Core Terms in West African English: Evidence from Computer Corpora
– Francis O. Egbokhare: The Story of a Language: Nigerian Pidgin in Spatiotemporal, Social and Linguistic Context – Efurosibina
Adegbija: Idiomatic Variation in Nigerian English – Herbert Igboanusi: Semantic Dislocation in Nigerian English – Hans-Georg
Wolf and Herbert Igboanusi: A Preliminary Comparison of Some Lexical Items in Nigerian English and Cameroon English – Anne
Schröder: Aspect in Cameroon Pidgin English – Augustin Simo Bobda and Hans-Georg Wolf: Pidgin English in Cameroon in the New
Millennium – Lothar Peter and Hans-Georg Wolf: Aku in The Gambia: Terminological Problems, Functional Distribution and Popular
Attitude – Lothar Peter: English in Sudan – Peter Lucko: Is English a «Killer Language»?