Kamtok: An Identity Marker for Anglophones in Cameroon
Kamtok Identity Marking
This paper seeks to establish the fact that Kamtok, the English-lexified expanded pidgin spoken in Cameroon, functions as an identity marker for Anglophones, though it is a lingua franca which cuts across all ethnic and linguistic groups in the country. Data collection methods include questionnaires and interviews, while analyses are based on the Symbolic Interactionist Theory expounded by Herbert Blummer (1969) and the Identity Theory of Burke and Stets (2009) as theoretical frameworks. Findings, confirmed by both Anglophone and Francophone respondents alike, show that Kamtok indeed marks out Anglophones in Cameroon
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