A Dictionary of Camfranglais by Hector Kamdem

By Hector Kamdem

This e-book 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 zone of Cameroon. Methodologically talking, it makes use of a lexicographic in addition to an ethnographic method of facts assortment. Lexical components were gathered from such diversified assets as Cameroonian well known tune, on-line discussion groups and boards like fb, blogs, Youtube video clips and so on. in addition to there have been workforce conversations equipped for the gathering of information. the key power of this booklet lies within the variety and authenticity of its assets that are all traceable. in addition, all of the average statements it makes in regards to the starting place, 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. an entire alphabetical lexicon of Camfranglais is gifted, and, the place possile, etymologies are given. For all entries, genuine examples are quoted as a way to advisor 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 kick off point for lexico-semantic reviews on Camfranglais.

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Tanner, to have sex < From the French tanner, to tan leather. • Tuer, to have sex < From the French tuer, to kill. • Tomahawk, penis < From a Native American language via the French ­tomahawk, a hunting tool. 5 Onomastic synecdoche This term refers to the use of names of persons or places in a conventional way to denote part or some of its characteristics. Kießling (ibid) provides the following examples: • Bakassi, dangerous place < From Bakassi, a disputed peninsula on the Cameroon-Nigeria border, an area of conflict between Nigeria and Cameroon.

Fatigué, “old or in bad shape”< From the French fatigue. • Fesser, to to have sex

Crime and Police (n=39, including “Criminal Activities” and “Police Counter Action”). 3. Drugs and Alcohol (n=36, including “Drugs” and “Alcohol”). 4. Movement and Vehicles (n=30, including “Movement of Humans and Transportation” and “Vehicles”). 5. Education (n=32, including “Terms Relating to Schools and Education”). 6.  Diseases, Medicine and Witchcraft (n=31, “Diseases,” “Medicine” and “Witchcraft”). 7. Food and Eating (n=31,including “Food Items” and “Eating and Eating Habits”). 8. Time (n=12, including “Time”).

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