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Unformatted text preview: original African tongues. Most importantly highlighted are the grammatical and syntactical structures that retain African elements, particularly a lower threshold for gender differences, loss of conjunctive words between subject and predicate, no denotation of third person, and tonal markers in language. There are also African words that have become part of English, particularly slang like ‘OK,’ or ‘dig’ as an opening exclamation. Next, folk myth is shown to have African roots. Although surface themes and motifs show non-African environmental elements, the deeper messages and concepts appear to have African roots. Furthermore, those messages and concepts are more complex than prejudicial scholarship suggests. Vamsertima goes on to show specific examples of Bantu culture in black American folklore....
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- Summer '07
- Mythology, English American