a word from Vocabulary Saramaccan
The ages were generally enumerated into descriptive categories of lexical strata to which specific years were assigned to at a later stage, with the year spans for different strata completely over-lapping in some cases. This provides a relatively coarse-grained view of the ages of the various lexical items in the database. Some words, undoubtedly, could be given more precise ages, but such work was not attempted here. Age spans were all rounded to fifty-year intervals so as not to give any mistaken impressions of precision for their beginning and end points.
This age stratum is used for most elements of Portuguese origin. These elements are believed to have entered Saramaccan after it split off from the other Surinamese creoles but only during a short span of time relatively early in Saramaccan history. It is conservatively assigned the time span 1650–1750, though it seems likely this period could be made more precise, perhaps, for example, 1675–1725.