" Speaking French without an accent ": ideologies about phonetic accommodation among Cameroonian immigrants in Paris - Archive ouverte HAL Access content directly
Conference Papers Year : 2016

" Speaking French without an accent ": ideologies about phonetic accommodation among Cameroonian immigrants in Paris

(1)
1
Suzie Telep
  • Function : Author
  • PersonId : 11848
  • IdHAL : suzie-telep

Abstract

This article describes some of the social issues of phonetic accommodation among Cameroonian immigrants in Paris, through the analysis of their ideologies about the practice of ​ whitisage, a neologism which refers, according to the subjects, to the act of ''speaking like a White person'' or in other words, ''speaking French without an accent''. This practice is a form of accommodation which consists in adapting one's way of speaking toward a non-Cameroonian interlocutor by imitating his or her accent. By describing both the social functions and the ambivalent meanings of this language practice, I show that if it can be valued as a form of adaptation and a sign of open-mindedness to others in a new socio-cultural environment, it can also be perceived, in some contexts, as a form of assimilation and rejection of one's identity. I argue that the negative values associated with ​ whitisage must be related to the socio-historical circumstances in which this social practice appeared as a psychological and cultural consequence of the power relationship between the Black colonized and the White colonizer.
Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
Pre print Speaking French without an accent Dublin Working paper 2016.pdf (232.37 Ko) Télécharger le fichier
Origin : Files produced by the author(s)

Dates and versions

hal-01440360 , version 1 (19-01-2017)

Identifiers

  • HAL Id : hal-01440360 , version 1

Cite

Suzie Telep. " Speaking French without an accent ": ideologies about phonetic accommodation among Cameroonian immigrants in Paris. 6th Sociolinguistics Summer School, Aug 2015, Dublin, Ireland. pp.115-124. ⟨hal-01440360⟩
181 View
185 Download

Share

Gmail Facebook Twitter LinkedIn More