The discursive formation of nationalism: A study of the Anglophone secessionist movements in Cameroon
La formación discursiva del nacionalismo : Un estudio de la Movimientos secesionistas anglófonos en Camerún



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Gael Echitchi, Size Raymond (2014) The discursive formation of nationalism: A study of the Anglophone secessionist movements in Cameroon. [Trabajo Fin de Máster]

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This dissertation investigated the discursive construction of national identity amongst the Anglophone minority of Cameroon. More specifically, this work studied the linguistic strategies used by the leaders of the different political parties advocating the independence of the former British Southern Cameroons to construct Anglophone nationalism and advocate self-determination. To achieve this purpose, a total of fifteen (15) texts from three different genres, namely, letters, speeches and opinion articles were collected from the Internet and analyzed using the Discourse-Historical Approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (Wodak et al, 1999). Besides, this approach was combined with Corpus linguistic analysis so as to give a quantitative facet to the study. The analysis of the different texts under study revealed that the leaders of Southern Cameroonian nationalist parties articulate their identity construction discourse in two parts or topics, namely, the presentation of the Southern Cameroonian distinctiveness and the presentation of the independence fight as legitimate and legal. The presentation of distinctiveness of Southern Cameroons is achieved mainly by nomination and predication strategies, whereas the presentation of the independence fight as legitimate and legal is accomplished through sub-strategies such as quoting authorities, intertextuality, storytelling and topoi. These strategies were found to have been successful in bringing the Anglophone fight to the spotlight and in consolidating a sense of common heritage amongst Southern Cameroons

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Este trabajo de Fin de Master es el resultado de la investigación del nacionalismo en la minoría Anglófona en Camerún.En esta investigacióm, enmarcada dentro del análisis crítico del Discurso, se han analizado varios textos procedentes de grupos nacionalistas Anglófonos de Camerún.Los objetivos de este trabajo, son analizar cómo los nacionalistas de "Southern Cameroons" construyen su identidad en varios grupos de discursos, y las estrategias lingüísticas usadas para alcanzar dicho propósito. A continuación, se va a presentar Camerún y su contexto histórico y político, luego, la metodología usada, y se va a terminar con una presentación de los resultados más importantes de la investigación.

Item Type:Trabajo Fin de Máster
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Núñez Perucha, Begoña
Uncontrolled Keywords:Southern Cameroons, Nationalism, Discourse-Historical Approach
Palabras clave (otros idiomas):Camerún Meridional, Nacionalismo, Enfoque - Discurso Histórico
Subjects:Humanities > Philology > English philology
Título del Máster:MA in English Linguistics: New Applications and International Communication
ID Code:30678
Deposited On:08 Jun 2015 08:09
Last Modified:08 Jun 2015 08:17

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