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Title: Local Meaning in the English of West Africa
Author: Eric A. Anchimbe
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Homepage: http://www.english-linguistics.uni-bayreuth.de/en/team/Anchimbe_Eric/index.html
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.

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