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.
Post Suriname Portuguese Contact
This age stratum is used for morphologically complex elements containing at least one Portuguese element. In some instances, these elements may contain solely Portuguese elements, in which case it is possible they constitute direct borrowings from Portuguese, and this has been indicated in the database. The age span of this stratum is given as 1650–2000, i.e., from the time of contact with Suriname Portuguese to the present.