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Title: Local Meaning in the English of West Africa
Author: Eric A. Anchimbe
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Institution: Universität Bayreuth
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Subject Language: English
Abstract: 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 English as a Second Language 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.


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 22, Issue 2.

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