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Title:The Portuguese in Temneland: an ethno-linguistic perspective
Author:Turay, A.K.
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Sierra Leone
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:loan words
Timne language
Abstract:The extent and result of early contacts between the Portuguese and the Temne are reflected in the number of Portuguese loan-words which despite the decline of Portuguese influence in the Upper Guinea Coast since the middle of the seventeenth century, have survived in the Temne language. Portuguese is no longer an active donor or source language for the introduction of loan-words into Temne, and all Portuguese-derived words have been in the language for several centuries. Some have become obsolete though the majority are still in active everyday use The author discusses these Portuguese-derived words, as well as the processes of tonal and morphological assimilation and the semantic changes involved when Portuguese is borrowed into Temne. Fig., notes.