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The Language of Official Communiques in Cameroon: Interpretations and Attitudes

Information is designed to stimulate responses. It should, therefore, be well crafted in terms of codes of communication and contents. In Cameroon, however, though English and French are the two official languages, as stated in Article one Paragraph three of the Constitution of Cameroon, official communiques are sometimes published only in French and this seems to create a feeling of frustration among Cameroonians who do not understand the French language and consequently cannot efficiently react to communiques that may concern them. This study was, therefore, designed to find out the extent to which official communiques in Cameroon are published in English and French, as stated in the constitution of the country. The study also intended to find out the levels of comprehension of French-only communiques and attitudes towards inabilities to decode and react to them. In order to effectively carry out this study, 50 randomly selected communiques from five Government Ministries (10 from each Ministry), published between 2020 and 2023 were considered for analysis. One communique was later randomly selected and used to find out the extent to which the Anglophone informants could interpret French-only communiques. 360 informants (180 Anglophones and 180 Francophones) from the city of Yaounde were sampled as informants for the study. The results revealed that communiques from Cameroon Government Ministries are either published in French or in French and English and this poses a serious problem of comprehension and feeling of frustration among Anglophones who do not understand French.

Official Communiques, English, French, Interpretations, Attitudes

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Julius Angwah. (2023). The Language of Official Communiques in Cameroon: Interpretations and Attitudes . English Language, Literature & Culture, 8(4), 101-107. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ellc.20230804.13

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Julius Angwah. The Language of Official Communiques in Cameroon: Interpretations and Attitudes . Engl. Lang. Lit. Cult. 2023, 8(4), 101-107. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20230804.13

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Julius Angwah. The Language of Official Communiques in Cameroon: Interpretations and Attitudes . Engl Lang Lit Cult. 2023;8(4):101-107. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20230804.13

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