Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 47-64
Tribalism, Politics and Hate Discourse in Contemporary Cameroon English; a Linguistic Usurpation
Willie Mushing Tamfuh, The Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences, The University of Ngaoundere, Ngaoundere, Cameroon
Received: Sep. 26, 2020;       Accepted: Oct. 12, 2020;       Published: Oct. 21, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.cls.20200603.12      View  77      Downloads  37
In our time, casual conversations and political speeches as well as written productions in English in Cameroon are, to a greater extent, replete with ugly expressions full of sheer cloudy vagueness, inaccurate and debased language, consisting largely of euphemisms, pretentious dictions and sometimes meaningless words that depict a people’s experiences of resentment and bitterness as a result of tribalism and hatred. This investigation sets out to observe manifestation of tribalism and hatred in their speech, and to collect typical communicative acts in this light, analyze these as manifestations of tribalism and hate speech acts in contemporary Cameroon English speech. The objective is analyse this form of linguistic impoliteness in order to denounce and decry its devastating stigmatizing effects on living together and national integration, and which if not checked early and appropriately constitute a time-bomb. Different linguistic, sociological, ethnomethodological and psychological methods have been used to collect quantitative and qualitative data from informants, and analyze based on well-established sociological and pragmatic theories referred to as sociopragmatics; one of which is the critical discourse analysis that identifies and exposes the ways in which language, political ideology and tribal power are constantly instantiated and enacted in the everyday conversational discourse in Cameroon, politics and the media. It is important to be note that the words we use have power. Often, speakers are not conscious that the words they use does influence and affect the listener’s thoughts, actions, moral and emotional state and feelings, perception, hence his general behaviour. After the analysis, findings reveal that love for one another, decent speech, and upholding of human moral values are needful among Cameroonians. It builds human relations, mutual self-respect and a stronger nation. Nevertheless, from a purely linguistic perspective, tribalism and hatred have enriched contemporary Cameroon English vocabulary. In conclusion, a multilingual and culturally diversified nation as Cameroon needs a more inclusive participation of all the people for the construction of a better society.
Tribalism, Politics, Media, Hate, Contemporary English, Usurpation
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Willie Mushing Tamfuh, Tribalism, Politics and Hate Discourse in Contemporary Cameroon English; a Linguistic Usurpation, Communication and Linguistics Studies. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2020, pp. 47-64. doi: 10.11648/j.cls.20200603.12
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