By Hector Kamdem
This ebook is a straightforward and transparent presentation of the lexis of Camfranglais, an city adolescence sociolect in Cameroon. It provides this sociolect as an outgrowth of language touch phenomena that experience fossilized specifically round the Littoral sector of Cameroon. Methodologically conversing, it makes use of a lexicographic in addition to an ethnographic method of information assortment. Lexical parts were accumulated from such various assets as Cameroonian renowned song, on-line discussion groups and boards like fb, blogs, Youtube video clips and so forth. along with there have been crew conversations geared up for the gathering of information. the key energy of this publication lies within the range and authenticity of its resources that are all traceable. in addition, all of the usual statements it makes concerning the beginning, semantic different types, grammatical periods of the lexis of Camfranglais are the results of the required lexical manipulations that are supposed to precede those statements. a whole alphabetical lexicon of Camfranglais is gifted, and, the place possile, etymologies are given. For all entries, genuine examples are quoted on the way to consultant the reader to using phrases. Idiomatic expressions also are provided for various lexical entries. The e-book will function reference for these engaged on Camfranglais in addition to a place to begin for lexico-semantic stories on Camfranglais.
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This is evidenced by the use of dysphemisms like “anglo,” “bamenda,” “biafra” etcetera in Camfranglais. This contrast is made clear if we consider popular music of the Camfranglais type as opposed to that of the Mboko type. Mboko music relates more to the struggling masses while Camfranglais relates to 29 the stylish urban youth. Camfranglais would thus appear to be a softer version of Mboko. The following social profile identified for Lugha Ya Mitaani by Kießling and Reuters (2006:14) equally applies to Camfranglais: Table 1: The social profile of speakers of Camfranglais User group Acquisition Predominantly adolescents Informal in peer-groups Contexts of use Informal communication among equals Functions Medium of horizontal communication; marker of youth identity; solidarity and toughness; also demarcation.
To round off the discussion of semantic manipulation in Camfranglais, the different processes of semantic manipulation will be presented in order of their 56 occurrence: metaphor (42), dysphemism (34), metonymy (18), onomastic synecdoche (18), hyperbole (13), euphemism (06) and semantic positivization (04), for a total 135 occurrences. 6 Morphological manipulation in Camfranglais Processes of lexical manipulation are more productive than processes of semantic manipulation in Camfranglais. They account for about 19 percent of the word-formation processes.
Bouffer, to cheat, earn < From the French bouffer, eat, devour. To the above list could be added the following other items obtained from my own research: • Anglo, an awkward person < From the French or English Anglophone. • Appuyer, to make love < From the French appuyer, to make love. • Ballon d’Or, pregnancy usually unwanted < From the French. A FIFA best player award. • Bamenda, a stupid person < From the name of an English-speaking town in Cameroon. • Biafrais, a pejorative way of referring to Nigerians or Cameroonians from the Anglophone part of the country.
A Dictionary of Camfranglais by Hector Kamdem