Sea Island Creole English


  • Language: Sea Island Creole English
  • Alternate names: Gullah, Geechee
  • Language code: gul
  • Language family: Indo-European, Classical Indo-European, Germanic, Northwest Germanic, West Germanic, North Sea Germanic, Anglo-Frisian, Anglic, Later Anglic, Middle-Modern English, Macro-English, Guinea Coast Creole English, Caribbean English Creole, Eastern Caribbean Creole, Gullah-Nevis-Antigua, Gullah
  • Creole language
  • Number of speakers: 250000
  • Vulnerability: Endangered [Read more...]
  • Script: Latin script

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    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

    Other verbs