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Approche sociolinguistique des titres à la une des journaux camerounais francophones

Abstract : The press headline in Cameroon has become both a privileged form of exposition to language and one of the most current reading form. This research work, entitled A sociological approach of the headlines of the front pages of francophone newspapers in Cameroon is destined to examine, through a ‘complexity approach', the specificity of that particular genre and the reason why the press headline illustrates a Cameroon linguistic and social identity. Thus, the text structure of the front page headline of a newspaper varies, though consistently, around a tripartite linguistic structure: the title, the subtitle and the surtitle. That linguistic structure can function harmoniously with an iconic and verb-iconic structure. The functions (epiphanic and incitive) of the genre in that multitext called the newspaper favour the simplicity of its lexis and its syntax, the latter being a moment of particular linguistic and social interactions and the reflection of the linguistic practices of the Cameroon society. A hierarchy of the Cameroon linguistic francophonie can thus be noticed, on a continuum, from the unreal standard French to the undefined Cameroon (vernacular) French. The Cameroon reader identifies himself with that hierarchy, and with the socio-discursive representations reflecting the various discourses and attitudes in the Cameroon modern society. In a word, the newspaper headline has become a place for ethno-sociolinguistic encounters in Cameroon
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Ferdinand Njoh Kome. Approche sociolinguistique des titres à la une des journaux camerounais francophones. Linguistique. Université Rennes 2; Université Européenne de Bretagne, 2009. Français. ⟨tel-00458211⟩

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