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Impoliteness and face: the pragmatics of insulting in Cameroon Pidgin English


Nkwain, J and Le, T, Impoliteness and face: the pragmatics of insulting in Cameroon Pidgin English, Linguistic Diversity and Cultural Identity: A Global Perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Q Le, T Le (ed), USA, pp. 227-238. ISBN 978-1-61209-602-5 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]


In a multilingual and multiethnic community like Cameroon, language behavior demonstrates a multitude of patterns. During interactions, language either creates or fosters human relations or jeopardizes them. This chapter deals with verbal insults and the act of insulting in Cameroon pidgin English. Insults were culture-specific and cut across sociological variables such as time, space, age, status and sex. Their use demonstrated several shades when considered in different contexts. From the sociolinguistic perspective, verbal insults provide some interesting insights about linguistic diversity and cultural identity.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:communication, face, impoliteness, insults, pragmatics
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Cognitive and computational psychology
Research Field:Psycholinguistics (incl. speech production and comprehension)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication across languages and culture
UTAS Author:Le, T (Dr Thao Le)
ID Code:119772
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Faculty of Education
Deposited On:2017-08-04
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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