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Some day been dey : west African pidgin folktales

Author: Loreto Todd
Publisher: London ; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979.
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'Once upon a time' is the English translation of the title of this collection of twenty-eight pidgin tales from Cameroon in West Africa.

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Todd, Loreto.
Some day been dey.
London ; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979
(OCoLC)562253797
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Loreto Todd
ISBN: 0710000243 9780710000248
OCLC Number: 5043156
Notes: English and Cameroon Pidgin English.
Description: xii, 186 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. Background to Cameroon --
What is a pidgin? --
Characteristics of a pidgin --
The development of Cameroon Pidgin --
When did Cameroon Pidgin develop? --
The present role of pidgin in Cameroon --
Collecting the tales --
Type of translation employed --
Orthography employed --
References. The tales. Trohki an Hohk : mek man no ehva laf i frehn = Tortoise and Hawk : let no one ever laugh at his friend --
Trohki an Swain : du gud tohn bad = Tortoise and Pig : a good action may bring trouble --
Trohki an elefan : smohl no bi sik = Tortoise and elephant : smallness is not an illness --
Trohki an Hea : sehns pas paua = Tortoise and Hare : intelligence beats strength --
Trohki, Got and Lehpeht : dai man nehva hohngri = Tortoise, Goat, and Leopard : a corpse has few desires --
Trohki an Mami (1) : ai no di ohlwez si tru = Tortoise and his mother (1) : the eye does not always see accurately --
Trohki an Mami (2) : kohni man dai, kohni man beriam = Tortoise and his mother (2) : when a wise man dies, a wise man buries him --
Long ai go du yu = Greed will be your downfall --
Trohng hed no gud = Stubbornness does not pay --
Dei no bi wan = There'll always be a tomorrow --
Bad-lohk bif no di si hohntaman = A fated animal does not see the hunter --
Wehn han di rohb fut, fut tu di rohb han = When the hand rubs the foot, the foot rubs the hand in return --
Sehns no bi foh daso wan man --
Wisdom belongs to everyone --
Di sohn, di nait an di mun = Sun, night, and moon --
Kohni-Mohf = Cunning-Mouth --
Kohroh kohroh pikin = The scabby child --
Gohd i koht, no apil = God's court, no appeal --
Mehdehsehn no bi pleting = the supernatural is not to be played with --
Sehns-Pas-King = Genius --
A no go chus yu = I won't forgive you --
My mami bin tehl mi--
= My mother warned me--
= Di smohl boi an di kajari = The young boy and the dwarf --
Bibaiyibaiyi an di papa-wata = Bibaiyibaiyi and the Papa-Water --
Ren for Bohnggi = Rain for Bongi. The structure of Cameroon Pidgin English. The sentence in Pidgin --
The pronominal system --
The verb phrase --
The be-verb --
Serial verbs.
Responsibility: Loreto Todd.

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