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Languages Of Wider Communication And Frontier Languages In Africa [ALRJournal]
ALRJournal. 2020; 4(9): 12-17 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2020.58661

Languages Of Wider Communication And Frontier Languages In Africa

Jerome Baghana, Yuliya S. Blazhevich, Tatiana G. Voloshina, Emilia A. Bocharova, Ekaterina V. Kovaltsova
Belgorod State University

The article provides an outline on the sociolinguistic situation in Africa, in Nigeria and Cameroon, considering a hotspot of linguistic and cultural diversity. The focus is placed on the languages of wider communication of the region. The analysis of various aspects of the situation is suggested concerning sociolinguistic functions and status of the languages under consideration. The authors give an insight into the problem related to the European partition of Africa and artificial nature of state borders in the region as the Nigeria-Cameroon borderland is a large area, geographically and linguistically diverse accounting for a great number of transborder languages. Various terms related to languages for communication between groups of speakers which do not speak each otherís language and languages spoken across borders of the partitioned countries are compared and analyzed. Much attention is also given to the linguistic outcomes of such partition.

Keywords: Nigeria, Cameroon, languages of wider communication, lingua franca, transborder languages, frontier languages, cross-border languages

Jerome Baghana, Yuliya S. Blazhevich, Tatiana G. Voloshina, Emilia A. Bocharova, Ekaterina V. Kovaltsova. Languages Of Wider Communication And Frontier Languages In Africa. ALRJournal. 2020; 4(9): 12-17

Corresponding Author: Jerome Baghana, Russia
Manuscript Language: English
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