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Cameroon: Which language, when and why?

ByAugustin Simo Bobda

Cameroon has a uniquely complex sociolinguistic situation, where English co-exists with French, Pidgin English, the indigenous languages and some emerging hybrid idioms such as Camfranglais. The country therefore offers a particularly fertile ground for the study of patterns of language use and language choices, and the linguistic, social and educational problems that they generate. This chapter attempts this analysis and offers a comparative overview of the situation on the African continent, with a focus on the choice of language of education.