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Trinidad Yoruba : From Mother-Tongue to Memory.

Author/creator Warner-Lewis, Maureen
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoTuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 1996.
Description1 online resource (301 pages)
Supplemental Content Project MUSE
Series Caribbean Archaeology and Ethnohistory
Caribbean archaeology and ethnohistory.
Contents Contents; Acknowledgments; A Note on Ethnonyms; Orthographic Guide; Phonological Symbols; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part One: The Yoruba of Trinidad: Historical Background and Sociolinguistic Behavior; 1. The Yoruba and Transatlantic Slavery; 2. First-Generation Trinidad Yoruba Society; 3. Language Attitudes of Second- and Third-Generation Africans; 4. Residual Language Domains: Names and Ritual; Part Two: Trinidad Yoruba: Linguistic Structures; 5. Phonology; 6. Syntax; 7. Lexicon; Part Three: The Dialectics of Obsolescence and Creolization; 8. Language Recession within a Creolized Context.
Contents 9. Creolization Processes in Broader Perspective; Appendix: Trinidad Yoruba Lexicon in Alphabetical Order; Notes; References; Index.
Abstract A deeply informed Afrocentric view of language and cultural retention under slavery. Maureen Warner-Lewis offers a comprehensive description of the West African language of Yoruba as it has been used on the island of Trinidad in the southern Caribbean. The study breaks new ground in addressing the experience of Africans in one locale of the Africa Diaspora and examines the nature of their social and linguistic heritage as it was successively retained, modified, and discarded in a European-dominated island community.
Source of descriptionPrint version record.
ISBN9780817383183 (electronic bk.)
ISBN0817383182 (electronic bk.)

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