Surviving the Middle Passage: The West Africa-Surinam Sprachbund
Muysken, Pieter C. (editor)
Smith, Norval (editor)
CollectionEuropean Research Council (ERC)
The relation between the Surinam Creoles and the languages of West Africa, where slaves who created the creoles originated, has been hotly debated. This book argues that the close relationship can be viewed in terms of a Trans Atlantic Sprachbund. It brings in new historical and linguistic evidence for an extremely close relationship between the creoles, the Gbe languages, and Kikongo, where bilingual practices led to new language forms.
KeywordsTrans Atlantic Sprachbund; African Diaspora; Middle Passage
ISBN9783110555424; 9783110394993, 9783110343977
Publication date and place2014