By Hector Kamdem
This e-book is a straightforward and transparent presentation of the lexis of Camfranglais, an city early life sociolect in Cameroon. It provides this sociolect as an outgrowth of language touch phenomena that experience fossilized specially round the Littoral sector of Cameroon. Methodologically talking, it makes use of a lexicographic in addition to an ethnographic method of info assortment. Lexical parts were accrued from such various assets as Cameroonian well known tune, on-line discussion groups and boards like fb, blogs, Youtube video clips and so forth. along with there have been staff conversations equipped for the gathering of knowledge. the most important power of this publication lies within the range and authenticity of its resources that are all traceable. in addition, the entire standard statements it makes in regards to the starting place, semantic different types, grammatical sessions of the lexis of Camfranglais are the results of the mandatory lexical manipulations that are supposed to precede those statements. an entire alphabetical lexicon of Camfranglais is gifted, and, the place possile, etymologies are given. For all entries, actual examples are quoted on the way to consultant the reader to the use of phrases. Idiomatic expressions also are offered for various lexical entries. The booklet will function reference for these engaged on Camfranglais in addition to a place to begin for lexico-semantic reviews on Camfranglais.
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The following items illustrate this process. • Amère, to be highly talented or good at something < From the French amère, bitter. • Brute, to be highly talented or good at something < From the French brute, rough, raw. • Déchirer, to be successful or very nice < From the French déchirer, to tear into pieces. • La mort, to be of good quality, cool or very nice < From the French la mort, death. 2 Euphemism Euphemism is defined by phrasing serious or harsh things in a more mild way. The following lexical items illustrate this process.
Recevoir, to entertain guests with pomp and ceremony < From the Cameroonian Popular French recevoir, to receive or welcome. • Traiter, to treat someone harshly < From the French traiter, to treat. To round off the discussion of semantic manipulation in Camfranglais, the different processes of semantic manipulation will be presented in order of their 56 occurrence: metaphor (42), dysphemism (34), metonymy (18), onomastic synecdoche (18), hyperbole (13), euphemism (06) and semantic positivization (04), for a total 135 occurrences.
They also highlight hairstyle and dressing style, as well as racial origin and complexion. Wheter one is fat, thin, or tall is important. The type of clothing one puts on is important as well. Clothing in general is called by five terms: Chombe, Tchomer, Tingé, Sape, Secret. ” Tight-fitting dressing for women is referred to as: Serré-serré, Sexy m aquereau and Emballer. Shoes have 11 different names and are of various types: Bago, Dshang Shoes, Gomme, Koss-koss, Ngup, Paire, Sancon also sans confiance, Shoes, Tchaka, Tchouk me I die and Ten.
A Dictionary of Camfranglais by Hector Kamdem