Gullah meaning

gŭlə
One of a group of people of African ancestry inhabiting the Sea Islands and coastal areas of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida.
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Pertaining to the language and culture of a group of islands off the coast of the Carolinas and Georgia in the United States.

The music of George Gershwin’s Porgie and Bess was inspired in part by Gullah "shouts".

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The creolized language of the Gullahs, based on English but including vocabulary elements and grammatical features from several African languages and spoken in isolated communities from Georgetown in eastern South Carolina to northern Florida.
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A member of a group of former slaves and their descendants living on the Sea Islands and in adjacent isolated coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia.
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The English creole spoken by the Gullahs, containing vocabulary and grammatical features from various West African languages.
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(loosely) Any variety of black speech of coastal South Carolina or Georgia.
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A creole of English and various African languages spoken on a group of islands off the southern coast of the United States.

Gullah has been spoken continuously since before the Civil War.

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Origin of gullah

  • Perhaps alteration of Angola or from Gola a people of Sierra Leone and Liberia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition