Eric Anchimbe What Are the Lasting Impacts of British Colonization on Language Use in Postcolonial African Societies?

Eric Anchimbe is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Bayreuth and a Senior Fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS). He completed his PhD at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Anchimbe has also taught at the Universities of Yaounde (Cameroon) and Munich. His research interests include sociolinguistics, varieties of English and postcolonial linguistics. Besides editing several collected volumes, Anchimbe has published two monographs: Language Policy and Identity Construction (2013) and Cameroon English (2006).

Area of Research

Sociolinguistics, Language Policy, Postcolonial Identities

since 2015

Privat Dozent, Lehrbefugnis für das Fachgebiet Englische Sprachwissenschaft

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth) (more details)

since 2012

Senior Fellow (Principal Investigator)

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth) (more details)

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)

since 2011

Akademischer Rat auf Lebenenszeit

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth) (more details)

Englische Sprachwissenschaft

2007-2011

Akademischer Rat auf Zeit

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth) (more details)

Englische Sprachwissenschaft

2005-2007

Lecturer

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Englische Philiogie

2000-2003

Research and Teaching Graduate Assistant

University of Yaounde 1

Department of English

2015

Habilitation (Venia Legendi) in English Linguistics

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth) (more details)

2005

PhD in English Linguistics

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

2001

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in English Linguistics

University of Yaounde 1

1999

MA in English Linguistics

University of Yaounde 1

1997

BA in Modern English Letters

University of Yaounde 1

- Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages (since2018)

- Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of TESOL Quarterly (2013-2017)

- Member of the Editorial Board of Review Syllabus, ENS Yaounde

- Editor-in-chief of NAB: Newsletter of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth (Institute of African Studies)

- Peer-reviewer for the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages

- Peer-reviewer for World Englishes

- Peer-reviewer for TESOL Quarterly

- Peer-reviewer for the Journal of Pragmatics

- etc.

- Board member of the International Association for Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics

- Member of the Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English (GAPS)

- Member of the International Association of World Englishes

- Member of the German Anglistenverband

Prizes

- Research Award (Wissenschaftspreis) of the University of Bayreuth (2013)

- DFG Research Grant [Ref. AN 781/2-1 AOBJ 575953] for research in Ghana on the topic: “Offers and refusals: A postcolonial pragmatics perspective” (2010)

University of Bayreuth (Universität Bayreuth)

Bayreuth, Germany

The University of Bayreuth is a medium-sized campus university which is committed to the highest academic standards. As one of Germany’s youngest universities, it is operates in an unbiased, self-confident spirit of academic freedom, scientific progress, and social responsibility. Top priorities are individual supervision, maintaining high academic standards, and creating programmes of study that take current research into account. The innovative collaboration between many of disciplines on the on the ‘Green Campus’ are key features of Bayreuth’s research culture. The University of Bayreuth is dedicated to interdisciplinary research. Its research facilities and infrastructure provide an ideal setting for scientific work. Focus areas – e.g. African studies, Polymer and Colloid Sciences, High Pressure and High Temperature Research, Ecology and the Environmental Sciences – combine the strengths of individual subject areas to address strategically chosen, cross-disciplinary research priorities. Foreign scholars rate Bayreuth as one of the most attractive universities in Germany, consistently placing it among the top institutions in the Humboldt Rankings.

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The lasting effects of colonization on African societies have been long acknowledged. In this video, ERIC ANCHIMBE examines the particular effects of British colonization in Africa, focusing on how people use language in their daily lives to make and refuse offers. Employing methods including discourse completion task questionnaires, interviews and participant observation, Anchimbe analyzes the data obtained using the postcolonial pragmatics framework. Concluding that colonization led to a high degree of uniformity across the fundamental base structures of the African societies studied, Anchimbe calls for further research from the perspective of postcolonial societies themselves and urges that more be done to share results with those who provide the data.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10765

Offers and Offer Refusals. A Postcolonial Pragmatics Perspective on World Englishes

  • Eric Anchimbe
  • Published in 2018
Eric Anchimbe. Offers and Offer Refusals. A Postcolonial Pragmatics Perspective on World Englishes. John Benjamins Publishing, 2018. doi:10.1075/pbns.298.

Invoking Kinship in Offers and Refusals: A Postcolonial Pragmatics Perspective

  • Eric Anchimbe
  • Pragmatic Perspectives on Postcolonial Discourse
  • Published in 2016
Eric Anchimbe. "Invoking Kinship in Offers and Refusals: A Postcolonial Pragmatics Perspective." In Pragmatic Perspectives on Postcolonial Discourse Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016: 1-23.

Postcolonial Pragmatics: An Introduction

  • Eric Anchimbe and Richard W. Janney
  • Journal of Pragmatics
  • Published in 2011
Eric Anchimbe and Richard W. Janney. "Postcolonial Pragmatics: An Introduction." Journal of Pragmatics 43, 6 (2011): 1451–1459. doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2010.10.027.