Cameroon Francophone English: An ATypical Example to Moag’s and Schneider’s Models

Abstract

The spread of English as the world lingua franca in the 20th century has led to the development of many autonomous non-native varieties of it. Those varieties first seen as deviations from Received Pronunciation, Standard British English, and General American have gradually developed their hallmarks, and now deserve serious consideration. Each non-native variety of English claims its autonomy, and indeed has some features which differentiate it from other new Englishes. Because they all have common parents-British English or American English-, certain tendencies have been observed in their evolution process. Kachru (1992), Moag (1992) and Schneider (2003, 2007 & 2009) proposed some of those models. But since in the Expanding Circle English continues to spread,some of the theories developed begin to be challenged. This paper aims to show that Cameroon Francophone English (CamFE), a New English variety, which is fast emerging is an atypical example to Moag’s and Schneider’s Models. With the growing interest in the learning of English in the 21st century, the paper proposes that new models of the evolution process of new Englishes be elaborated. 

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