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ERIC Number: ED035884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Pages: 317
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Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect. The American Negro, His History and Literature [Series].
Turner, Lorenzo Dow
The present text on Gullah, a dialect of a large number of Negroes in South Carolina and Georgia, is a reprint of the original volume published in 1949 by the University of Chicago Press. (Publication of the original was aided by a subsidy from the American Council of Learned Societies.) In the first preface, the author remarks on the current assumptions concerning this creolized form of English, which held that the "peculiarities of the dialect are traceable almost entirely to the British dialect of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and to a form of baby-talk adopted by masters of the slaves to facilitate oral communication between themselves and the slaves." In this study, the result of fifteen years' research, the author reveals the "very considerable" influence of several West African languages upon Gullah. Chapters treat the following: (1) Backgrounds; (2) Phonetic Alphabet and Diacritics; (3) West African Words in Gullah; (4) Syntactical Features; (5) Morphological Features; (6) Some Word Formations; (7) Sounds; (8) Intonation; and (9) Gullah Texts, several dating back to 1868. A list of the language informants, an extensive bibliography, notes, and an index complete the work. (AMM)
Arno Press, 330 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017 ($12.50)
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