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  1. j.arends, Atlas of the languages of Suriname

Message 1: Atlas of the languages of Suriname

Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 12:53:11 +0000
From: j.arends <>
Subject: Atlas of the languages of Suriname

Title: Atlas of the languages of Suriname
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: KITLV Press
Availability: Available
Editor: Jacques T Arends, University of Amsterdam 
Editor: Eithne Carlin, 

Hardback: ISBN: 906718196X, Pages: xii + 345 pp., Price: 37,50 Euros
Comment: 50 illustrations, 30 figures and tables, 10 inlays
To the outside world, Suriname is known as a rather extraordinary
country in South America in that it is a Dutch-speaking state on an
otherwise almost totally Hispanic-speaking continent. Those who look
closer, however, soon discover that Suriname's uniqueness lies
somewhat less in its apparently misplaced "Dutchness" and more in the
fact that Suriname is home to almost twenty different languages, no
mean feat considering that the population numbers less than half a
million inhabitants. Hardly any inhabitant of Suriname is monolingual,
yet not everyone is multilingual in the same languages, nor to the
same extent.

The aim of this book is twofold: first to introduce the reader to the
linguistic complexity that abounds in Suriname, and second to afford
him/her insight into the genesis, evolution, and salient linguistic
features of the languages and language-families that are represented
there. The languages of Suriname can be divided into three groups,
namely the Amerindian, the creole, and the Eurasian languages. The
Amerindian group comprises eight languages belonging to two different
language families, the Arawakan and the Cariban. The creole languages,
which are closely related, include Sranantongo, the lingua franca of
Suriname, and the Maroon languages spoken in the interior of the
country, namely Ndyuka, Saramaccan, and various dialects
thereof. Finally, the third group comprises what we call the Eurasian
languages that include the former colonial language Dutch, and those
languages that were imported to Suriname along with a sizeable portion
of the population who came as indentured labourers from Asia, namely
Sarnami Hindi, Chinese, and Javanese.

The book includes a range of language maps that trace the languages of
Suriname through the last five centuries. The illustrations throughout
the book have been hand-picked to enliven each chapter, allowing the
reader to feel the vibrancy of the past and the present language


List of contributors
List of abbreviations
List of maps
List of illustrations
Prologue : Vernacular languages and cultural dialogue (Andre Kramp)

Part I: The Amerindian peoples and languages
1 The native population: Migrations and identities (Eithne B. Carlin
 and Karin Boven)
2 Patterns of language, patterns of thought: The Cariban languages
 (Eithne B. Carlin)
3 The Arawak language (Marie-France Patte)

Part II: The creole languages
4 The history of the Surinamese creoles I: A sociohistorical survey
 (Jacques Arends)
5 The history of the Surinamese creoles II: Origin and differentiation
 (Norval Smith)
6 The structure of the Surinamese creoles (Adrienne Bruyn)
7 Young languages, old texts: Early documents in the Surinamese
 creoles (Jacques Arends)
Part III: The Eurasian languages
8 Surinamese Dutch (Christa de Kleine)
9 Kejia: A Chinese language in Suriname (Paul Tjon Sie Fat)
10 Sarnami as an immigrant koine (Theo Damsteegt)
11 Javanese speech styles in Suriname (Clare Wolfowitz)

Glossary of linguistic terms
List of contributors
Lingfield(s): Language Description
Language Family(ies): Amerindian,

Areal Regions: Native American

Written In: English (Language Code: English)
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