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Author Anchimbe, Eric A.

Title Language policy and identity construction : the dynamics of Cameroon's multilingualism / Eric A. Anchimbe
Published Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., [2013]
©2013
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Description 1 online resource (250 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series IMPACT: studies in language and society ; v. 32
Impact, studies in language and society ; v. 32
Contents Introduction: Language policy and identity construction in multilingual Cameroon -- pt. 1. Indigenous languages: policy and practice -- pt. 2. Official languages: Bilingualism policy and linguistic identities across languages -- pt. 3. Cameroon Pidgin English: expanding functions and increasing users -- pt. 4. Linguistic communication: politeness and social identities -- Conclusion -- Appendices
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Intercultural communication -- Cameroon.
Language and languages -- Variation.
Language policy -- Cameroon.
Multilingualism -- Cameroon.
Sociolinguistics -- Cameroon.
Cameroon -- Languages.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012041348
ISBN 1283943352 (MyiLibrary)
9027272417 (electronic bk.)
9781283943352 (MyiLibrary)
9789027272416 (electronic bk.)