A spoken corpus of Cameroon Pidgin English

Ozon, Gabriel, Ayafor, Miriam, Green, Melanie and FitzGerald, Sarah (2017) A spoken corpus of Cameroon Pidgin English. World Englishes, 36 (3). pp. 427-447. ISSN 0883-2919

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This article reports on the construction of a 240,000-word pilot corpus of spoken Cameroon Pidgin English (CPE), a widely-used yet stigmatised and largely uncodified written pidgin/creole variety. The corpus consists of private and public dialogues and monologues, with mark-up and POS-tagging. Text categories and the proportions of monologue and dialogue are guided by those of the International Corpus
of English project, which makes the corpus immediately comparable with existing corpora of post-colonial
varieties of English. We discuss the extent to which this corpus can be regarded as an ICE component, and illustrate the relation between CPE and standardised Nigerian and Cameroonian varieties of English in Africa by means of case studies employing ICE-NIGERIA and the Corpus of Cameroon English.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0101 Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania > PL8000 African languages and literature
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Depositing User: Melanie Green
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 14:59
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 15:56
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56755
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