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Metaphors of Incommensurability

Metaphors of Incommensurability

Chapter:
(p.20) Metaphors of Incommensurability
Source:
Creolization as Cultural Creativity
Author(s):
John F. Szwed
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031069.003.0002

This chapter discusses the history of creole culture. It explains that the term “creole” was derived from the combination of the Portuguese words criar(to bring up) and criulo(native). The use of the term creole varies in different cultures — it may have been used to describe the children of French planters in Louisiana, the children of newly-arrived slaves, or the offspring of Russians and Aletus in the Bering Strait. Its use indicates something new or emergent.

Keywords:   creole, criar, criulo, Portuguese words, slaves, planters

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