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Title:Telephone openings and goodbyes in Cameroon pidgin English (CPE)
Author:Kouega, Jean-PaulISNI
Periodical:Annales de la Faculté des Arts, Lettres et Sciences Humaines
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:Pidgin English
English language
Abstract:This study looks at the openings and closings of telephone conversations in Cameroon Pidgin English, with a view to identifying its canonical structure and the characteristic linguistic features which combine to realize this structure. The model adopted for the analysis of this type of data is drawn from the works of such researchers as E.A.Schegloff and H. Sacks (1973) and S.M. Coronel-Molina (1998). The findings highlight the telephone discourse shared by telephone users in the global context and contrast them with those features which are specific to the Cameroon cultural and linguistic context. The study shows that some of these features permeate into English spoken in Cameroon and they therefore need to be addressed by language course designers. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]