Camfranglais, Frananglais, or Franglais (portmanteau of French terms camerounais, français, and anglais) is a language from Cameroon, consisting of a mixture of French, English, the creole language Cameroonian Pidgin English and several words borrowed from many local languages spoken in Cameroon. The language blend is common among young people in the country, and rivals creole as the country's most common lingua franca. It is most popular in the high-density urban centres where Anglophones and Francophones meet.
In Cameroon, French and English are official languages, and over 250 other languages are spoken, making communication difficult without a common language. Camfranglais first emerged in the mid-1970s after the reunification of Francophone Cameroun and Anglophone Southern Cameroons. The point of origin may have been the markets, ports, and sports stadiums of Cameroon's larger cities. It became fashionable in the late 1990s, due partially to its use by popular musicians.
Camfranglais has caused concern for educators, who worry that the language blend may hinder acquisition of regular French and English and may be seen as a shortcut around true bilingualism. Studies are underway over Camfranglais, which some academics consider to be on its way to becoming a proper language.
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