De Negerhollandse woordenlijsten van Frank G. Nelson

Cefas van Rossem


Reinecke’s A Bibliography of Pidgin and Creole Languages (1975) mentions Frank Nelson’s Negerhollands wordlist from 1936. Since no related material was available between 1926 and 1977, this unpublished wordlist looked very interesting for our anthology Die Creol Taal (1996). Den Besten and Nelson corresponded several times about the list, which turned out to be an extract from a longer text in which new native speakers and linguistic items were introduced. The letters contain metalinguistic material, thoughts about the edition and information about Nelson’s fieldwork. The diplomatic edition of the complete field notes, with comments in footnotes, are published as a separate digital article.


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