Sea Island Creole English

Facts

  • Language: Sea Island Creole English
  • Alternate names: Gullah, Geechee
  • Language code: fvr
  • Language family: Creole, English Based, Atlantic, Eastern, Northern
  • Number of speakers: 250000
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

The Gullah language is a creole language spoken by the Gullah people (also called "Geechees"), an African American population living on the Sea Islands and the coastal region of the U.S. states of South Carolina and Georgia.

Gullah is based on English, with strong influences from West and Central African languages such as Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Mandinka, Wolof, Bambara, Fula, Mende, Vai, Akan, Ewe, Kongo, Umbundu, and Kimbundu.

The verb

Sample verb: he´p

Tense Past
Present/Past Tense Uh he´p
Past Tense Uh bin he´p
Future Tense Uh gwine he´p
Perfect Tense Uh done he´p
Present Progressive Uh duh he´p
Past Progressive Uh binnuh he´p

Sample verbs: