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Language And Citizenship In Anglophone Cameroon

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The modern Cameroonian nation-state is an interesting case-study of a nation forged with conflicting and contradictory identities. It displays a multiple identity morphology reflected by over 250 linguistically identifiable ethnic groups. Like Canada, Cameroon shares a heritage of an English and French colonial past, and English and French have come to be its official languages. A large body of literature has treated postcolonial Anglophone-Francophone conflicts in detail but it tends to blur our understanding of the dynamics because it fails to underscore counter-currents emanating from historically-rooted bonds that hold the two peoples together. This chapter attempts to rectify this picture by presenting a more balanced and critical survey of Anglophone-Francophone relations since the late 1950s.

Keywords: African languages; Anglophone-Francophone; modern Cameroonian



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