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Structural and Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Indigenisation

On Multilingualism and Language Evolution

Anchimbe, Eric A. (Ed.)

2014, XV, 213 p. 13 illus.

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  • Focuses on the pragmatics of new indigenized varieties where previous research only deals with lexical, semantic, and phonological properties
  • Provides and uses authentic data from naturally occurring situations which makes the findings more generalisable to other postcolonial multilingual communities
  • Offers rare insights from French as well as English as a post-colonial language

Descriptions of new varieties of European languages in postcolonial contexts have focused exceedingly on system-based indigenisation and variation. This volume–while further illustrating processes and instantiations of indigenisation at this level–incorporates investigations of sociolinguistic and pragmatic phenomena in daily social interaction–e.g. politeness, respect, compliment response, naming and address forms, and gender–through innovative analytic frameworks that view indigenisation from emic perspectives. Focusing on postcolonial Cameroon and using natural and questionnaire data, the book assesses the salience of linguistic and sociocultural hybridisation triggered by colonialism and, recently, globalisation in interaction in and across languages and cultures. The authors illustrate how the multilingual nature of the society and individuals’ multilingual repertoires shape patterns in the indigenisation and evolution of the ex-colonial languages, English and French, and Pidgin English.

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Keywords » Indigenised languages - Indigenized languages - cameroon english - cameroon pidgin - linguistic variations - postcolonial africa

Related subjects » Linguistics

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