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 label is used for elements of Dutch origin surmised to have entered Saramaccan directly from Dutch rather than through the intermediary of Sranan. Generally, the reasons for this assignment are given in a comment in the database for the relevant word since the default assumption was that words of Dutch origin entered Saramaccan via Sranan. The time span for this stratum is given as 1700–2000, i.e., from some time relatively shortly after the Dutch took over Suriname until the present.