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 particularly round the Littoral zone of Cameroon. Methodologically conversing, it makes use of a lexicographic in addition to an ethnographic method of information assortment. Lexical parts were accrued from such different resources as Cameroonian renowned tune, on-line discussion groups and boards like fb, blogs, Youtube video clips and so forth. in addition to there have been crew conversations equipped for the gathering of knowledge. the main energy of this booklet lies within the range and authenticity of its resources that are all traceable. furthermore, the entire typical statements it makes concerning the beginning, semantic different types, grammatical periods of the lexis of Camfranglais are the results of the mandatory 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 offered 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 experiences on Camfranglais.
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As such, this study can make more or less exact claims, since such claims are in fact a result of data manipulation. For example, before arguing that the English-sounding words of Camfranglais rather relate more to Pidgin, we make a comparison of these two sources and display our results in percentages. It also gives graphic assistance in understanding certain words and concepts. Finally, the very fact that Camfranglais is a phenomenon of my generation and it is something I use on a day-to-day basis, which gives me a relatively greater insight into it compared to other linguists who only have studied it.
Rally, group sex in which many boys have sex with a girl < From the French rally, car-racing. • Recto-verso, a homosexual < From the French recto-verso, to have homosexual sex. 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.
Guitarre, for chicken pox < From the French guitarre, a guitar. The comparison was made between striking on the chords of a guitar and scratching the pox to attenuate the itching effect. • Parpaing, a pejorative name for a mobile phone viewed as being too large. The value or worth of first-generation mobile phones in Cameroon was judged mainly in terms of size, the smaller being the more valuable. < From the French parpaing, a concrete block. • Taxi, for a loose-living girl < From taxi, meaning anyone who can pay can get into it, implying a loose-living girl is not different from a prostitute.