Bound to Africa: the Mandinka Legacy in the New World

@article{Schaffer2005BoundTA,
  title={Bound to Africa: the Mandinka Legacy in the New World},
  author={Matthew Schaffer},
  journal={History in Africa},
  year={2005},
  volume={32},
  pages={321 - 369}
}
  • M. Schaffer
  • Published 4 October 2005
  • History
  • History in Africa
I offer here a theory of “cultural convergence,” as a corollary to Darwin's natural selection, regarding how slave Creoles and culture were formed among the Gullah and, by extension, supported by other examples, in the Americas. When numerous speakers from different, and sometimes related, ethnic groups have words with similar sounds and evoke related meanings, this commonality powers the word into Creole use, especially if there is commonality with Southern English or the host language. This… 
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