Dr. Cefas G.Th. van Rossem
Guest researcher, Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Visiting address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185, 1012 DK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mailing address: Postbus 10855, 1001 EW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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At first I thought ah, another site taking a dig at Afrikaans as a creole or “brabbeltaal”. One of my recollections from kindergarten days was of a student/researcher asking if we knew the word for the woods elf or a goblin in Afrikaans. Nonplussed, (we were primarily English speakers 80/20 bilingual) he says “kabooter?” (archaic American English/Jersey Dutch origin) and it clicked – “kabouter” is the Afrikaans cognate.
Google “Dawie die Kabouter” .. this will bring a smile to the faces of Afrikaans speakers of a certain age.
I am researching family trees, I have a dutch ancestor who came from British West Indies or Curacao, around 1870.
Sorry! I only see your comment now. It is indeed great to see such connections. Frank Nelson, who collected Dutch Creole words in 1936, met Dutch speaking people in Venezuela in the 1960s. On the basis of what he knew from Dutch Creole, he was able to communicate!
The family trees related to the Danish Antilles can be studied quite well on the internet. Several websites contain information about family names. I wrote one chapter about it in my Ph.D. Thesis.
hoi meneer u heeft een leuke site groetjes salena uit hv1a !