Language And Literature Sciences In Contemporary Cameroon And The Commonwealth


  Edited By Afutendem L.N. et al

Cameroon is unique in the Commonwealth because of its bilingual nature. The two Official Languages: French and English have profound implications for Cameroonians, as people strive to work, live and succeed in the system. Functioning within about 248 indigenous languages, English is constantly competing with French, German, Spanish, Italian and some 250 home languages.  All languages change over time, and vary from place to place. When languages arrive a place, they change and change other things that come with them. Every successive generation makes its own

small contribution to language change and when sufficient time has elapsed, the impact of these changes becomes more obvious. Four main aspects of language change over time: vocabulary, semantics, sentence structure and pronunciations and these are manifested in the oral and written literature, media, art and culture in the context of Cameroon. 


The book highlights how the English Language is used in Cameroon and the Commonwealth to do things. We examine English language and literature studies from the point of view of scholars from diverse backgrounds. It contains and offers opportunities for scholars to study writing in English from its origins in to modern day Commonwealth by allowing a considerable degree of choice about the topics you would like to concentrate on. 


Understanding English language and literature sciences involves the development of sophisticated skills and of an ability to place literary texts in their wider intellectual and national historical contexts. The book provides distinctive opportunities for understanding and developing similar writing skills, increased sensitivity to language, awareness of the aesthetic and intellectual enjoyments of literature, and an understanding of the cultural values reflected in literature written in English in Cameroon and beyond. It also enables the reader to consider the critical processes by which they analyze and judge, to learn about literary form and technique, and to study the development of the English language. Our readers, and especially our students, will grow to appreciate the language’s complexity, wealth and subtleties in a variety of contexts. The book develops:


• A personal appreciation of language and literature;

• Skills in literary criticism using a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres;

• An understanding of the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts;

• Strong powers of expression, both written and oral;

• An appreciation of cultural differences in perspective;

• An understanding of how language challenges and sustains ways of thinking.


Through readings in language and literature, the book develops student's lifelong interest in language and literature, and a love for the elegance and richness of human expression. English Language and Literature Sciences in Contemporary Cameroon and the Commonwealth explores the concepts, theories, models and techniques that underpin the respective subject area and through these develop their understanding of the scientific methods through cultural masterpiece works of literature, art, media, and music that have profoundly shaped the ways people see the world and understand the place of English in the Commonwealth. Book chapters or papers are anchored in ESL/EFL teaching, learning and use research, literature and a careful description of the research framework and design, the methods used to collect and analyze data, and an evaluation of results.


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