NEW BOOK: “LANGUAGE AND SLAVERY: A SOCIAL AND LINGUISTIC HISTORY OF THE SURINAME CREOLES”

A post by Peter Jordens.

Language and Slavery: A Social and Linguistic History of the Suriname Creoles by Jacques Arends (edited by Crit Cremers et al.) is expected to be released in June 2017 by John Benjamins Publishing Company (Amsterdam, the Netherlands).

This 458-page posthumous work by Jacques Arends offers new insights into the emergence of the creole languages of Suriname including Sranantongo or Suriname Plantation Creole, Ndyuka, and Saramaccan, and the sociohistorical context in which they developed. Drawing on a wealth of sources including little-known historical texts, the author points out the relevance of European settlements prior to colonization by the English in 1651 and concludes that the formation of the Surinamese creoles goes back further than generally assumed. He provides an all-encompassing sociolinguistic overview of the colony up to the mid-19th century and shows how ethnicity, language attitude, religion and location had an effect on which languages were spoken by whom. The author discusses creole data gleaned from the earliest sources and interprets the attested variation. The book is completed by annotated textual data, both oral and written and representing different genres and stages of the Surinamese creoles. It will be of interest to linguists, historians, anthropologist, literary scholars and anyone interested in Suriname.

The above book description is from the publisher’s webpage, https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/cll.52/main, which contains additional information.

Dr. Jacques Arends (1952-2005) was a Dutch linguist who focused his research on pidgins and creole languages, especially Sranantongo (Surinamese). He was the author of Syntactic Developments in Sranan (1989) and many articles; he was also the editor of The Early Stages of Creolization (1996) and a co-editor of Pidgins and Creoles: An Introduction (1994).

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