By Hector Kamdem
This booklet is a straightforward and transparent presentation of the lexis of Camfranglais, an city adolescence sociolect in Cameroon. It offers this sociolect as an outgrowth of language touch phenomena that experience fossilized in particular round the Littoral zone of Cameroon. Methodologically talking, it makes use of a lexicographic in addition to an ethnographic method of facts assortment. Lexical parts were accrued from such varied resources as Cameroonian renowned tune, on-line discussion groups and boards like fb, blogs, Youtube movies and so forth. in addition to there have been staff conversations prepared for the gathering of knowledge. the foremost energy of this booklet lies within the range and authenticity of its assets that are all traceable. in addition, all of the usual statements it makes concerning the beginning, semantic different types, grammatical periods of the lexis of Camfranglais are the results of the mandatory lexical manipulations that are meant to precede those statements. a whole alphabetical lexicon of Camfranglais is gifted, and, the place possile, etymologies are given. For all entries, actual examples are quoted with a view to advisor the reader to using phrases. Idiomatic expressions also are provided for various lexical entries. The booklet will function reference for these engaged on Camfranglais in addition to a kick off point for lexico-semantic experiences on Camfranglais.
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Many counterfeit items were said to be imported from Nigeria. • Bafia (dance), to hesitate or dilly-dally < From the traditional type of dance practiced in a village called Bafia. • Baghdad, a dangerous place < From the capital of Iraq destroyed in the war. • Bamenda, a stupid person < From the name of a town in the English-speaking part of Cameroon. • Biafra, a pejorative way of referring to Nigerian or Anglophone Cameroonian < From the name of sessionists during the Nigerian Biafran war. • Calcio, regularly organized football games for amateur footballers in different neighbourhoods < From the name of the Italian football league believed to be one in which footballers are physically very strong.
Material for product. • Koskos, for high-heel shoes < From kos-kos, a popular onomatopoeia for the sound made by high-heeled shoes on a hard surface. • Mop, for kissing < From the Pidgin English mop, mouth. The mouth is used for kissing. • Vin < From the French vin, wine. Any alcoholic drink. A specific type used to represent all alcoholic beverages. 3 Dysphemism Dysphemism entails highlighting the negative aspects of concepts that are otherwise neutral. This is usually achieved by assigning negative or derogatory appellations to neutral concepts.
Being sexy: Sexy maquereau. 13. Penis: Plantain and Mitumba. Corruption is discussed in terms of: Mange-mille, Gombo and Gombiste. Other food-based metaphorical lexical items include the following: Njap, Folere, Eau, Faim, Plaquette de chocolat, Pepper, Kossam, Coca Alhadji, Cadi, Ndolè, Cuire, Coller chewing gum, Atangana bread, Amère, Frais, Brouter, Kola, etcetera. However, apart from the food metaphorical domain, which appears primordial, there is no other outstanding source domain. The other metaphorical lexical items are scattered into about 21 other domains.