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By Hector Kamdem

This ebook is an easy and transparent presentation of the lexis of Camfranglais, an city formative years sociolect in Cameroon. It provides this sociolect as an outgrowth of language touch phenomena that experience fossilized in particular round the Littoral quarter of Cameroon. Methodologically conversing, it makes use of a lexicographic in addition to an ethnographic method of facts assortment. Lexical components were gathered from such diversified resources as Cameroonian renowned tune, on-line discussion groups and boards like fb, blogs, Youtube movies and so forth. along with there have been workforce conversations equipped for the gathering of knowledge. the key power of this publication lies within the variety and authenticity of its resources that are all traceable. additionally, all of the commonplace statements it makes concerning the foundation, semantic different types, grammatical periods 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, actual examples are quoted in an effort to advisor the reader to using phrases. Idiomatic expressions also are offered for various lexical entries. The ebook will function reference for these engaged on Camfranglais in addition to a kick off point for lexico-semantic stories on Camfranglais.

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4 Hyperbole Examples of hyperbole drawn from my corpus include: • Cass, to be exhausted < From the French cassé, to be broken down. • Casser le derrière, gay sex < From the French casser, to break; and derrière, backside, meaning to break the behind. • Casse-mbit, a loose-living girl < From the French casser, to break, and the Pidgin mbit, penis, penis breaker. • Couper, to have sex < From the French couper, to cut. • Cut, to have sex < From the English, cut, to cut. • Écraser le pistache Tuer, to have sex < From the French écraser, to grind, and a vegetable called pistache.

Youths who use it do not necessarily want to hide something, although this is still a possibility. Typically, parents would not want their children to speak Camfranglais, as they view it as an impediment to speaking and writing formal French. In its earlier phase, it was more or less Mboko, which was considered the French of thieves. Sociologically speaking, Camfranglais, just like Lugha Ya Mitaani, an ­urban youth version of Swahili spoken in Tanzania, is the essential marker of an ­urban youth culture.

Two of them, “Dix” and “Complice” could however be used for ladies as well. “Popaul” is a word used exclusively to refer to the present Head of State. 4 Descriptions of Everyday Life Situations This semantic category (101) contains terms that bear on the different facets of societal life. For example, the category includes words for lying, being mouthy, begging excessively etcetera. 2 Communication Just as in Lugha Ya Mitaani, the field of communication is the most elaborated in Camfranglais, comprising 158 items.

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