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Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect (Southern Classics (Univ of South Carolina))

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LORENZO DOW TURNER (1895-1972) was a professor of English and linguistics and a pioneer in the study of African contributions to global culture. Among his many achievements, he was the first full-time African American professor at Roosevelt College in Chicago, held a Fulbright lectureship to Nigeria, conducted extensive linguistic fieldwork in African countries, and helped to establish Peace Corps programs in Africa. KATHERINE WYLY MILLE is an independent scholar and 1996 Fulbright professor of sociolinguistics and women's studies in Finland and has done linguistic research on Gullah creole. A native of the South Carolina lowcountry, she now lives in Columbia. MICHAEL B. MONTGOMERY is distinguished professor emeritus of English and linguistics at the University of South Carolina. He is the editor of The Crucible of Carolina: Essays in the Development of Gullah Language and Culture. Montgomery lives in Columbia.
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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Classics (Univ of South Carolina)
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570034524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570034527
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the foundation of the research of the Gullah dialect as a serious subject. Being an Afrcan-American himself. Dr. Turner won the confidence of Sea Island Gullah speakers in the 1930s and won their confidence in providing a window to their lives and folkways. The result was this book, which was probably the first that did not patronize Gullah speakers as being backward and ignorant as some (sadly) still do today.
The central section of this book, which deals with linguistic similarities between West Africans and Gullah speakers, is primarily for linguists. But the chapters on Dr. Turner's acquaintance with the Gullah speakers anmd his collection of their tales of slavery, religion, and life expereinces make for interesting reading for the layman. Overall, a great window into a subject that had long suffered from mockery and ridicule. It shows the Gullah speakers in their pride and dignity.
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This book is very informative and accurate; as stated to me by a gentlemen near 80 years of age, from SC.
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The book Gullah Island I order for my cousin because this an island in the south where people use their on dialect. We found out that the Coaxum family contribute great success in the United States some have become doctors, professors etc.
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A very solid academic presentation! One f the best of its kind!
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