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Title:Cultural hybridity and developmental bilingualism
Author:Esambe Alobwede, Charles
Periodical:Annales de la Faculté des Arts, Lettres et Sciences Humaines
Geographic term:Cameroon
Abstract:Language politics and the issue of official bilingualism have been factors in Cameroonian politics since independence in 1960 and reunification in 1961. They have impacted not only on the operation of state institutions, but also on the cultural and linguistic make-up of the Carneroonian society. This has given birth to cultural and linguistic hybridity. French and English, a legacy of colonialism, have created linguistic and sometimes political, social and cultural barriers. Bilingualism, a policy adopted by the government to achieve national unity and integration has often been criticized because of some of its shortcomings. However, this article seeks to prove that despite these shortcomings, cultural hybridity and bilingualisrn positively impact on the political, historical, economic, social and cultural factors of development in Cameroon. In order to collect relevant data, interviews were conducted with thirty participants (twenty men and ten women) of different walks of life who have a good knowledge of the socio-cultural and linguistic nature of the country. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]