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By Hector Kamdem

This publication is a straightforward and transparent presentation of the lexis of Camfranglais, an city early life sociolect in Cameroon. It provides this sociolect as an outgrowth of language touch phenomena that experience fossilized specifically round the Littoral zone of Cameroon. Methodologically conversing, it makes use of a lexicographic in addition to an ethnographic method of info assortment. Lexical components were accumulated from such varied assets as Cameroonian well known track, on-line discussion groups and boards like fb, blogs, Youtube video clips and so forth. in addition to there have been team conversations geared up for the gathering of information. the key power of this booklet lies within the variety and authenticity of its assets that are all traceable. additionally, all of the average statements it makes in regards to the beginning, semantic different types, grammatical sessions of the lexis of Camfranglais are the results of the required lexical manipulations that are meant 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 with the intention to consultant the reader to the use of phrases. Idiomatic expressions also are provided for various lexical entries. The publication 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 includes these 17 items: Anniv, Atalakou, Bal à terre, Njoka, Fêtard, Moutoumbou, Mouv, Saka, Sans, Sekele, Shake, Zingué, Coller, Enjoy, Farot(age), Bougi and Circuit. Other aspects of entertainment include the following three movie words: Acteur, Chef bandit and Coma. 10 Forms of Address, politeness and Respect Terms that fall within this category mark vertical relationships. They equally express respect and deference. They are also quite often used to flatter the ego of collocutors in order to obtain favours.

2 Semantic manipulation in Camfranglais This section is based on, and complements analyses of processes of semantic manipulation in Camfranglais contained in Kießling (2004:8–10). The data is complemented with that in our lexical collection. Apart from the metaphorical processes above, which are not discussed in other studies, processes of metonymy, dysphemism and hyperbole will be taken up in the following sections. 1 Metonymy Metonymy entails using a part of something to refer to the whole thing.

Youngsters learn it as they grow up, now even as early as in primary school. It is used in different peer-groups as a marker of in-group belonging and ­solidarity. As an identity marker, it is also used to indicate belonging to urban youth and ­modernity. For the biggest Camfranglais Facebook group (Ici on Topo le ­Camfranglais: Le Speech des vrais man du Mboa) it is “le speech des vrais man du mboa” [the way of speaking known only to true Cameroonians]. This broader Cameroonian dimension makes Camfranglais not a uniquely youth ­phenomenon.

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