Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines

Partenariat entre langues européennes et langues africaines: la place des langues maternelles dans le contexte sociopolitique camerounais

Simeu, Simplice Omaire

In: Bulletin VALS-ASLA, 2006, vol. 83, no. 1, p. 39-48

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    This paper examines the unequal relationship between European languages and African languages in general and Cameroonian languages in particular, in a context where linguistic diversity and fragmentation no longer need to be demonstrated. It brings out the stakes involved in this relationship at both the education and media levels. These two instances are recognised as the paths, par excellence, for the promotion and use of a language. The objective pursued here is to demonstrate that in a pluralistic and liberalistic context, the productivity of an educational system (nursery and primary school for example) and the vitality of the media (audio-visual and written press) are tributaries of numerous factors, thus the language they use. In effect, a distinct and precise language policy or good language planning determines the productivity of a school system and the capacity of the media to satisfy its public; that is to educate and inform them.