LINGUIST List 12.1615

Tue Jun 19 2001

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Gillian Caglayan, Socioling: English in Cameroon by Hans-Georg Wolf

Message 1: Socioling: English in Cameroon by Hans-Georg Wolf

Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 12:06:52 +0200
From: Gillian Caglayan <>
Subject: Socioling: English in Cameroon by Hans-Georg Wolf

New Publication from Mouton de Gruyter

>From the Series Contributions to the Sociology of Language
Series Editor: Joshua A. Fisman

Hans-Georg Wolf
English in Cameroon

2001. 23.0 x 15,5 cm. x, 359 pages.
Cloth. DM 168,-- / �S 1226,-- (RRP) / sFr 144,-- / approx. US$ 84.00
from 01.01.2002: EUR 84,--
ISBN 3-11-017053-1
Contributions to the Sociology of Language 85

The multilingual situation in Cameroon and the status of English as a
co-official language constitute a unique and fascinating case for
sociolinguistic investigation. Drawing from first-hand material, the
author investigates several aspects of this complex configuration,
including the historical development of English in Cameroon, languages
and lingua franca areas, the linguistic policy, the de facto status of
English and the situation in the anglophone provinces. The speech
community of the Anglophones is highlighted as a rare example of an
ethnicity tied to the second language. Apart from important
socio-linguistic findings, the work includes a novel, corpus-based
analysis of Cameroon English. Certain lexical phenomena are explained
by the cognitive coding of culture - particularly the African cultural
model of community, which also underlies the self-perception of the
Anglophones - a perspective hitherto neglected in the study of the New

>From the Contents:

English in West Africa
English in Cameroon
* The historical background of the linguistic situation in Cameroon
* The present linguistic situation in Cameroon
* The linguistic situation in the Anglophone provinces
Cameroon English as a national variety
The cultural model of 'community' realized in African English in general
and in Cameroon English in particular.

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Mouton de Gruyter
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10785 Berlin, Germany
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