Language Policy and Identity Construction

The dynamics of Cameroon's multilingualism

Eric A. Anchimbe | University of Bayreuth
ISBN 9789027218735 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027272416 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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The (dis)empowerment of languages through language policy in multilingual postcolonial communities often shapes speakers’ identification with these languages, their attitude towards other languages in the community, and their choices in interpersonal and intergroup communication. Focusing on the dynamics of Cameroon’s multilingualism, this book contributes to current debates on the impact of politic language policy on daily language use in sociocultural and interpersonal interactions, multiple identity construction, indigenous language teaching and empowerment, the use of Cameroon Pidgin English in certain formal institutional domains initially dominated by the official languages, and linguistic patterns of social interaction for politeness, respect, and in-group bonding. Due to the multiple perspectives adopted, the book will be of interest to sociolinguists, applied linguists, pragmaticians, Afrikanists, and scholars of postcolonial linguistics.
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“It is nice, and refreshing, to get such a comprehensive look at the language situation in one specific African country, from a number of different perspectives and through different lenses. Sometimes, diverse aspects of the language situation cross over and shed light on each other in a way that is only made possible through having multiple objects of study. The author demonstrates the link between colonialism and the contemporary language situation in action, without being deterministic about it. There is a rather optimistic feeling that the language situation is really in the hands of Cameroonians rather than policy-makers or linguists.”
Language Policy and Identity Construction is a must for anyone interested in the sociolinguistics of Cameroon and beyond. Anchimbe’s work not only is the most up-to-date discussion of the complex linguistic situation in this multilingual country, but also offers fresh theoretical starting points for the post-colonial study of language.”
“This is a fascinating book. It is very richly documented, with up-to-date materials, on the sociolinguistic frameworks used in general, and on Cameroon in particular. The author is uniquely well informed about the field realities of the setting investigated.”
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CFB: Sociolinguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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