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Title:Colonial legacy and the language situation in Cameroon
Author:Tangwa, G.B.ISNI
Year:1992
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy (ISSN 1011-226X)
Volume:6
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:25-43
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:language policy
language
Bilingualism
Language and languages
imperialism
Abstract:The adoption of French and English as official national languages in Cameroon is only a point of departure for the language problematic. In this paper, the author raises various considerations that are directly related to that problematic. He argues that even though the foreign European languages that came with colonialism overshadowed the indigenous languages, there is no reason, all things considered, to regret this fact. The foreign languages imposed on Cameroonians by irreversible historical accidents can be properly domesticated and used to great advantage as vehicles for national unity, integration and development as well as for global dialogue. Moreover, the search for an indigenous national language is unnecessary and politically inadvisable, for the time being, no matter how emotionally compelling this search may be. Bibliogr., sum. in French (p. 24). A reply by Charles Uroh is published in: Quest, vol. 8, no. 2 (1994), p. 130-140, with a rejoinder by Tangwa in: Quest, vol. 9, no. 1 (1995), p. 121-130.
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