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A Dictionary of Africanisms-Some Notes

A Dictionary of Africanisms-Some Notes Gerard M. Dalgish The Dictionary of Africanisms is a lexical index of terms from African languages that have entered the vocabulary of the English-speaking world. It also includes Africanisms that are not yet so widespread as to be recorded in standard dictionaries of English, but are nevertheless well-known or reasonably common among English speakers in Africa, or fairly familiar to Africanists, and thus may someday come to be part of the general vocabulary. Moreover, the dictionary is an attempt to present a representative view of the African continent through its contributions to the English language. Such contributions in the form of lexical entries come from all aspects of life: social, religious, economic, cultural and political organizations, concepts and titles; zoological, botanical, agricultural, geographical and geological terms; clothing, food, drinks, and crafts; Afroamerican terms relating to the emerging interest in black cultural identity; and others. The emphasis of the Dictionary of Africanisms is on the influence of African languages of the sub-Saharan area (the areas commonly referred to as West, Central, East, and Southern Africa) on the English language. Lexical items from each of the four major language families of Africa are included: NigerCongo (West African and the numerous http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Dictionary Society of North America

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Abstract

Gerard M. Dalgish The Dictionary of Africanisms is a lexical index of terms from African languages that have entered the vocabulary of the English-speaking world. It also includes Africanisms that are not yet so widespread as to be recorded in standard dictionaries of English, but are nevertheless well-known or reasonably common among English speakers in Africa, or fairly familiar to Africanists, and thus may someday come to be part of the general vocabulary. Moreover, the dictionary is an attempt to present a representative view of the African continent through its contributions to the English language. Such contributions in the form of lexical entries come from all aspects of life: social, religious, economic, cultural and political organizations, concepts and titles; zoological, botanical, agricultural, geographical and geological terms; clothing, food, drinks, and crafts; Afroamerican terms relating to the emerging interest in black cultural identity; and others. The emphasis of the Dictionary of Africanisms is on the influence of African languages of the sub-Saharan area (the areas commonly referred to as West, Central, East, and Southern Africa) on the English language. Lexical items from each of the four major language families of Africa are included: NigerCongo (West African and the numerous

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Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North AmericaDictionary Society of North America

Published: Apr 4, 1980

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