Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect

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Africanisms in the Gullah dialect

By Lorenzo Dow Turner. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, c2002.

This is a new edition of Turner's original 1949 masterpiece, which was a seminal work in Afrocentric linguistics. Arranged like a dictionary, it has Gullah words on the left side of each page and the corresponding West African words on the right side. Gullah is a language spoken by the eponymous people descended from former slaves in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Pioneering linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner also uses this book to discuss the distinctively Gullah way of writing. Examining this book, a reader can easily see how the African languages changed into Gullah, a form of creole similar to that spoken in the Bahamas.

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