Turner, Lorenzo Dow

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1895-08-21
Death 1972
English, Multiple languages

Biographical notes:

African American linguist. A graduate of both Howard and Harvard Universities, Lorenzo Dow Turner (1895-1972) taught English as well as courses about African cultures at Roosevelt University until he retired at the age of 70. Turner's best known studies pertain to the Gullah language and culture of the Georgia and South Carolina Sea Islands. Turner also studied West African languages and Yoruba influences in Brazil. His books include "The Krio Language of Sierra Leone" (1963), and "Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect" (1949).

From the description of Selected files on the Gullah language from the papers of Lorenzo D. Turner held by the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University, 1988 [microform]. (College of Charleston). WorldCat record id: 31734869

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Subjects:

  • African Americans--Languages
  • African Americans--History
  • Names, African
  • Sea Islands Creole dialect--Etymology
  • proverbs
  • Folk literature
  • Linguistics
  • African Americans--Songs and music
  • Sea Islands Creole dialect

Occupations:

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Places:

  • Wadmalaw Island (S.C.) (as recorded)
  • South Carolina (as recorded)
  • Sea Islands (as recorded)
  • Edisto Island (S.C.) (as recorded)
  • Johns Island (S.C.) (as recorded)