a word from Vocabulary Saramaccan
|Comments on word:||< English “stool”|
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.
Early English Stratum
This age label is used for retained English elements found in the Saramaccan lexicon. Words in this stratum are assigned to the age span 1500–1700, i.e., from around the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade until the time when Saramaccans split off from the plantation society.