Language Policy and Identity Construction

The dynamics of Cameroon's multilingualism

| University of Bayreuth
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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.
[IMPACT: Studies in Language, Culture and Society, 32]  2013.  xxvi, 250 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Language policy and identity construction in multilingual Cameroon
1–18
Chapter 1. Functional marginalisation and the future of indigenous languages: More official functions for indigenous languages
19–50
Chapter 2. Language policy towards indigenous languages: Many decrees and laws but less practice
51–66
Chapter 3. Constraints to indigenous language empowerment: On language relevance, views from below
67–76
Chapter 4. Crossing the survival line: Factors that protect indigenous languages from extinction
77–96
Chapter 5. Towards a regional multilingualism model: Empowering indigenous languages through policy and functional utility
97–112
Chapter 6. Slippery pathways in French-English bilingualism: Cameroon is bilingual but Cameroonians are not
113–128
Chapter 7. Anglophonism and francophonism: Tendencies in official language identity
129–148
Chapter 8. Hybrid linguistic identities and identity opportunism: Switching identity together with language
149–166
Chapter 9. Cameroon Pidgin English: Expanding functions and increasing users
167–188
Chapter 10. Come greet Uncle Eric: Politeness and respect through kinship terms
189–204
Chapter 11. Youthspeak: Lexical markers of youth group communication
205–218
On language policy, linguistic identity, and social interaction: General implications and further research
219–224
Appendices
225–228
References
229–246
Index
247–250
“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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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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