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Voices Across the Atlantic: Revisiting Gullah's West African Roots Bookmark and Share

Feb 25

5 p.m. @ Edwards Recital Hall
Free, no ticket required

Joko Sengova, retired research associate at the University of South Florida

America’s Gullah Geechee speech community of the Carolinas and Georgia in a holistic way still bears significant linguistic, cultural and historical links with peoples and voices on the African continent. Sengova will re-examine voices on both sides of the Atlantic through cultural linguistic influences pioneering African-American linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner found in his Sea Islands Gullah research. Central to Sengova’s discussion is an existential problem: Is Gullah really still alive? What does it linguistically sound or look like today compared with other creole or African language features? The discussion will end with some comments on these two cognate Atlantic creole languages, reflecting on African voices that define their separate yet related backgrounds, and identities across space and time.

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