Cameroon English is an English dialect spoken predominantly in Cameroon, mostly learned as a second language. It shares some similarities with English varieties in neighbouring West Africa, as Cameroon lies at the west of Central Africa.
It is a postcolonial variety of English, long in use in the territory (Southern Cameroons, now the northwest of the republic). Over the years, it has developed characteristic features, particularly in lexis but also in phonology and grammar. Those characteristics were once regarded as errors but are now increasingly accepted as distinctive Cameroonian contributions to the English language.
The phonemes , and tend to merge to , making "cot", "caught" and "cut" homophones. Similary, "lock" and "luck" are pronounced alike. And "white-collar worker" sometimes becomes "white-colour worker" in Cameroon.
Characteristic turns of phrase in the country or local coinages:
- "detailly" = in detail
- "to see with me" = to agree with me; to see my point of view
- "installmentally" = by installments
- "of recent" = recently; lately
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