a word from Vocabulary Saramaccan
|Comments on word:||This word looks formally reduplicated, but there is no obvious reduplicative base.|
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 Bantu origin in Saramaccan. It is assigned the time period 1650–1800, i.e., from the beginning of the Suriname colony to a period roughly a generation after the Saramaccan maroon society became officially closed to new recruits from the plantations. This same time span is assigned to the Gbe Stratum.