Article published in:The Evolution of Englishes: The Dynamic Model and beyond
Edited by Sarah Buschfeld, Thomas Hoffmann, Magnus Huber and Alexander Kautzsch
[Varieties of English Around the World G49] 2014
► pp. 434–447
The evolutionary trajectory of Cameroonian Creole and its varying sociolinguistic statuses
The different names the contact language spoken in Cameroon has had at different historical points significantly reveal the complex evolutionary itinerary of the language and its varying sociolinguistic statuses. After the Portuguese era (ca. 1469 – 1600), which had Pidgin Portuguese as the main lingua franca, the language has had such names as “Pidgin English”, “Neger Englisch”, “Cameroons Creole”, “Cameroonian”, “Cameroon Pidgin English”, “Kumba English”, “Kamtok”, and “Cameroonian Creole”. This article makes an appraisal of these names in terms of how they reveal sociolinguistic information about the language (history, functions and status) and information about the country where it is spoken.
Keywords: Cameroonian creole, different nomenclatures, evolutionary journey, varying sociolinguistic statuses
Published online: 12 September 2014
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