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Some day been dey : west African pidgin folktales

Author: Loreto Todd
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2015.
Series: Routledge library editions., Folklore ;, v. 14.
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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, first published in 1979. These are richly illustrative of the various folklore genres of the region and are presented in a modified standard orthography, with an English translation facing the original Pidgin text. Notes are provided on each tale with the intention of illuminating  Read more...
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Todd, Loreto.
Some Day Been Dey (RLE Folklore) : West African Pidgin Folktales.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Loreto Todd
ISBN: 9781317549932 1317549937 9781317549925 1317549929 9781317549918 1317549910 9781315730752 1315730758 9781315728315 1315728311
OCLC Number: 903488917
Language Note: Parallel text in English and Cameroon Pidgin English.
Notes: English and Cameroon Pidgin English.
Originally published: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979.
Description: 1 online resource : maps.
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.
Series Title: Routledge library editions., Folklore ;, v. 14.
Responsibility: Loreto Todd.

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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, first published in 1979. These are richly illustrative of the various folklore genres of the region and are presented in a modified standard orthography, with an English translation facing the original Pidgin text. Notes are provided on each tale with the intention of illuminating some of their unique stylistic and linguistic patterns. The tales are often witty, never protracted, and are pleasurable in their own right. They also provide linguistic and folklor.

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