The African Divination Systems of American English

The African Divination Systems of American English

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This is an important contribution, as it builds on Lorenzo Dow Turner's and Winifred Vass' previous scholarship on the African origins and contributions to English, and takes the matter to a new level. N John F. Szwed "The African Heritage of American English" provides a detailed compilation of Africanisms, identified linguistically, from a range of sources: folklore, place names, food culture, aesthetics, religion, loan words.Presenting a comprehensive accounting of African words retained from Bantu, Joseph Holloway and Winifred Vass examine the Bantu vocabulary content of the Gullah dialect of the Sea Islands; Black names in the United States; Africanisms of Bantu origin in Black English; Bantu place names in nine southern states; and Africanisms in contemporary American English. These linguistic retentions reflect the cultural patterns of groups imported to the United States, and the subsequent dispersion of these groups, and their continuing influence on the shaping of American culture.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 9 b&w photos
  • 0253211441
  • 9780253211446

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Acknowledgments Lorenzo Dow Turner A Biographical Dedication Introduction The African Connection Abbreviations One: The Bantu Vocabulary Content of Gullah Two: Black Names in the United States Three: Africanisms of Bantu Origin in Black English Four: Bantu Place Names in Nine Southern States Five: Africanisms in Contemporary American English Notes Bibliography Index Contents: Introduction: The African Connection One: The Bantu Vocabulary Content of Gullah Two: Black Names in the United States Three: Africanisms of Bantu Origin in Black English Four: Bantu Place Names in Nine Southern States Five: Africanisms in Contemporary American English Notes Bibliography IndexContentsshow more

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