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Title: Le plébiscite de 1961 au Southern Cameroons et ses conséquences pour la situation sociolinguistique au Cameroun
Written By: Monika Kleinheinz
URL: http://www.lincom-shop.eu
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Sociolinguistics 10

L’année 2011 apporte le cinquantenaire du plébiscite au Southern
Cameroons. Dans celui-ci, la population décida d’accéder à
l’indépendance en s’unissant avec la République du Cameroun, et non
avec la Fédération du Nigéria. Dans un premier temps, la présente
étude compare la situation sociolinguistique dans le Southern
Cameroons et dans la République du Cameroun : le premier
connaissait un passé sous administration britannique, le second sous
administration française. L’étude tente de reconstituer d’abord la
situation linguistique autour de 1961 (langues autochtones, pidgin
english, anglais, français, allemand).

Ensuite, il analyse la situation politique qui prévalait à ce moment-là
au Southern Cameroons et il explique pourquoi le plébiscite a été
considéré nécessaire. Il retrace l’organisation du référendum, ses
différentes étapes et les difficultés qui se sont posées au cours de son
déroulement. Un chapitre spécial se consacre à l’analyse des résultats.
La troisième partie porte sur l’influence de la réunification sur les
langues et sur leurs locuteurs et les évolutions nouvelles qui se
dessinent dans ce territoire en perpétuel changement.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Pidgin, Cameroon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862880683
Pages: 128
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