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Local meaning in the English of West Africa

Title data

Anchimbe, Eric A.:
Local meaning in the English of West Africa.
In: English Today. Vol. 22 (2006) Issue 2 . - pp. 50-54.
ISSN 1474-0567
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266078406002094S0266078406002094

Abstract in another language

THIS ARTICLE addresses differences in meaning that are current in English as it is used along the West African coast. It is not uncommon for an ESL teacher to be confronted with such questions as, ‘Is that what “stranger” means?’ or such responses as, ‘Sir, I do not have a “belly”!’ However, in this context, a sound knowledge (or simply an awareness) of new meanings attached to old words may save some embarrassment. This paper proposes that, for the sound and successful teaching of English as a second language in West Africa, teachers should acquaint themselves with such usages.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair English Linguistics > Chair English Linguistics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Mühleisen
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 400 Language > 400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 420 English, Old English languages
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 10:08
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 10:08
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/53748