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Title:English language use and the expression of the Cameroonian sociocultural identity in the Cameroonian novel of English expression
Authors:Biloa, EdmondISNI
Meutem Kamtchueng, Lozzi M.ISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Annales de la Faculté des Arts, Lettres et Sciences Humaines
Volume:1
Issue:13
Pages:127-154
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:novels
English language
identity
About persons:Linus Tongwo Asong (1947-)ISNI
Shadrach A. AmbanasomISNI
Francis Beng Nyamnjoh (1961-)ISNI
Abstract:This paper explores the expression of Cameroonian sociocultural identity in the Cameroonian novel of English expression with reference to the works of three novelists, in particular 'The crown of thorns' (1995) by Linus T. Asong, 'Son of the native soil' (1999) by Shadrach A. Ambanasom, and 'A nose for money' (2006) by Francis B. Nyamnjoh. It argues that these Cameroonian novelists use several linguistic tools such as borrowing, coinage, translating local language expressions into English equivalents, code-mixing and code-switching, bilingual dialogue, and Cameroon pidgin English and French discourse, to express or construct Cameroonian sociocultural identity. It also argues that a good knowledge of the sociocultural context of Cameroon is necessary for a good understanding of the English language used in these literary texts. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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