Journal of Linguistics and Language in Education Volume 13

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It is increasingly recognized that most minority language speakers tend to give
up their languages in favour of a vehicular language as they move to urban
centres.In recent years, the degree of endangerment of indigenous languages
seems to be accelerating due to the increased dominance of Fulfulde.Thisstudy
seeksto find out whether theseeming progressiveabandonment of local
languagesin the Far North region of Cameroon isdue to Fulfulde or French.
Data wasobtained through participant observation and questionnaire
administration. The resultsindicate that Fulfulde, and to a certain extent
French tend to monopolize most of the proposed domains of language use. The
findings show that the respondents have limited fluency in theirMother
Tongues. Theyalso reveal that Fulfulde is gradually becoming participants’
Mother Tongues, and they considereditas a potential threat to minority
languages. It concludesthat minority languages arethreatened more by
Fulfulde than French in Maroua.

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