a word from Vocabulary Saramaccan
|Word form:||hói kuútu|
|Gloss:||hói kuútu [hold council]|
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.
Words which I do not feel I can comfortably assign to a stratum have been assigned the stratum value Unknown, which has an age span of 1500–2000, i.e., the whole length of time about which we can reasonably speak of a Saramaccan lexicon as distinct from the English lexicon.