Cameroon Pidgin English
A comprehensive grammar
Miriam Ayafor | University of Yaoundé 1
Melanie Green | University of Sussex
Cameroon Pidgin English (CPE) is an English-lexified Atlantic expanded pidgin/creole spoken in some form by an estimated 50% of Cameroon’s population, primarily in the anglophone west regions, but also in urban centres throughout the country. Primarily a spoken language, CPE enjoys a vigorous oral presence in Cameroon, and the linguistic examples illustrating this description are drawn from a spoken corpus consisting of a range of text types, including oral narratives, radio broadcasts and spontaneous conversation. The authors’ typologically-framed investigation of the features of the language, from its phonetics, phonology and lexicon to its syntax and discourse structure, allows the reader a clear view of the linguistic character of CPE, offering a comprehensive description of the language that will be of interest to creolists as well as linguists interested in African languages, contact linguistics and comparative linguistics.
[London Oriental and African Language Library, 20] 2017. xxi, 314 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments | p. xv
Abbreviations and symbols | p. xxi
List of maps and figures
List of tables
Chapter 1. Introduction | pp. 1–12
Chapter 2. History and sociolinguistics of CPE | pp. 13–29
Chapter 3. Phonetics, phonology and orthography | pp. 31–46
Chapter 4. The lexicon | pp. 47–78
Chapter 5. The syntax of the noun phrase | pp. 79–101
Chapter 6. Pronouns | pp. 103–131
Chapter 7. Tense, mood, modality, aspect and negation | pp. 133–157
Chapter 8. The simple sentence | pp. 159–194
Chapter 9. Complex predicates | pp. 195–214
Chapter 10. The complex sentence | pp. 215–240
Chapter 11. Information structure | pp. 241–261
Chapter 12. Selected texts | pp. 263–282
Appendix: Participant data
Appendix: Participant data
References | pp. 293–307
Index | pp. 309–314
“This is a thoroughly well-written and extensively researched monograph on the grammar of Cameroon Pidgin English. It is clearly the most ambitious of all grammars, few as they may be, that have been published so far. For me, it will be the reference grammar for CPE given the breadth of coverage and the copious number of examples used.”
Eric A. Anchimbe, University of Bayreuth
“The thoughtful reader will find this grammar of Cameroon Pidgin English satisfying, reliable, and most laudably, thought-provoking.”
David Douglas Robertson, University of Victoria, on Linguist List 29.4003
“This book tells us a great deal about the language, and incidentally shows us what can be extracted from a well-conducted corpus-based study and deserves to be emulated. There are many ways to write a good creole grammar, and this is one of the best.”
Anthony P. Grant, Edge Hill University, in Journal of Linguistics 2018, pp. 1-5
“This book and the corpus on which it is based [...] constitute an important advance for the description and documentation of African (contact) languages.”
Kofi Yakpo, The University of Hong Kong, in Language Vol. 95, Number 3, September 2019
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2019. Chapter 1.6. Addressing a coverage gap in African Englishes. In Corpus Linguistics and African Englishes [Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 88], ► pp. 144 ff.
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Main BIC Subject
CF/2ZP: Linguistics/Pidgins & Creoles
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2017009503 | Marc record