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Title: Local Meaning in the English of West Africa
Author: Eric A. Anchimbe
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Institution: Universit├Ąt 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, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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