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12. ...and Finally:

Big Languages Look Out for Each Other

Two notices seen on the campus at the University in Buea, Cameroun.

L’ANGLAIS,
UN PASSEPORT POUR LE MONDE,
LE PIDGIN,
UN TICKET POUR NULLE PART
(English,
A Passport for the World,
Pidgin,
A Ticket for Nowhere.)

 

 

PIDGIN IS TAKING A
HEAVY TOLL ON YOUR
ENGLISH; SHUN IT.

(Pidgin is the lingua franca of much of Cameroun even in the Francophone areas and highly developed.)

Photos by courtesy of Kay Williamson, Buea 2002 (via Roger Blench).

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