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Pidgin, Cameroon

A language of Cameroon

ISO 639-3wes

Population  No estimate available.
Region  Primarily South West and North West provinces; widespread elsewhere.
Alternate names   Cameroon Creole English, Wes Cos
Dialects  Similar to Krio [kri] of Sierra Leone and Pidgin English of various West African countries; probably an offshoot of 19th century Krio. Also similar to Sranan [srn] (I. Hancock). There are dialect variations.
Classification  Creole, English based, Atlantic, Krio
Language use  Trade language. 2,000,000 mainly L2 users (1989 UBSA). Growing number of L1 speakers. Since 1884 used by police, prisons, urban school children at play. Now the most widespread lingua franca in Cameroon, used by about half the population (Todd and Hancock 1986).
Language development  NT: 2002.
Writing system  Latin script.