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.
Contact between Saramaccan and Sranan has been continuous for as long as the two languages could be distinguished. I have chosen the date of 1700 as the earliest date for words from this stratum to have been borrowed into Saramaccan since 1690 is generally held to be the year that the first mass escape of slaves who would become the Saramaccans took place. However, a pre-Saramaccan speech variety distinct from what would become Sranan may have been present in Suriname earlier than this. The endpoint of the Sranan Stratum is specified as 2000—i.e., the present.