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The African Heritage of American English

by Holloway, Joseph E.

  • ISBN: 9780253211446
  • ISBN10: 0253211441

The African Heritage of American English

by Holloway, Joseph E.

  • List Price: $14.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publish date: 08/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780253211446
  • ISBN10: 0253211441
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Description: 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, the subsequent dispersion of these groups, and their continuing influence on the shaping of American culture.
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