Freetown Creole, Sierra Leone, B.W.A., Field Notebook, 1951

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Linguist Lorenzo Dow Turner (1890–1972) had a special interest in the Krio, a Creole language spoken in Sierra Leone, due to its history and structure, and similarity to the Gullah language spoken in America. Turner was fascinated with the origins of the African diaspora in countries like America and Brazil so Turner focused his scholarship on drawing conclusions and highlighting the similarities of commonly associated patterns of speech, processes of thought, and ways of life so typically exemplified in Black communities in the West. In 1951 Turner conducted fieldwork in Sierra Leone. In his field notebook, Dr. Turner compiled notes relating to syntax, morphology, and semantic structures as well as the etymology of words and phrases most commonly associated with Krio speaking people. Scroll through the pages of Turner’s Freetown Creole field notebook to transcribe and discover some similarities between Krio and other Creole languages.

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