Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 12:48:38 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: Suwanee In Message Fri, 18 Nov 1994 12:23:00 EDT, "David A. Johns" writes: >Our library just got a copy of Joseph E. Holloway's _The African >Heritage of American English (Indiana U. P., 1993). _Suwanee_ is >listed under both Georgia and Florida place names as possibly of >African origin. On page 115-116 they suggest that it could have come >from Bantu _nsub-wanyi_ 'my house'. Use this infamous book at your own risk! Should you read my review of it in the AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST 96.477-478 (1993), please remember that I originally characterized the authors as zealots who have ignored what has been learned on African contributions to African-American language varieties since Lorenzo Turner's (1949) AFRICANISMS IN THE GULLAH DIALECT. The Editor changed the wording to something less strong. I also say that "Turner himself would have been embarrassed by the uncritical use of his methodology" in the piece dedicated to him. Some time later, Michael Montgomery told me, justifiably, that I had been too kind to Holloway and Vass. Victor Manfredi actually found it worthwhile tearing the work apart in his very elaborate review to appear in... Oops! I have misplaced the manuscript, fortunately after reading it. Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene University of Chicago Dept. of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861