One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A feature of language or culture regarded as characteristically African.
- ‘While it recalls the Africanisms associated with adapting to new roles, language, and land, it also invigorates cultural consciousness.’
- ‘She did so by drawing on her personal history, by gathering local stories, by collecting art objects, and by cataloguing Africanisms into Cuban Spanish.’
- ‘According to the author, writing about the British Leeward Islands at the end of the eighteenth century, field slaves were allowed to retain Africanisms to underscore their inferiority.’
- ‘And then there are the personal touches: the South Africanisms, the local commentary on current events, and some of the most excruciating puns going.’
- ‘So how might we see Africanisms, or African cultural traits, in the material record here?’
- ‘The cast-net has not yet been generally recognized in print as an Africanism, and awaits further research.’
- ‘In the newspaper, the Mayor wrote about changing place names on the basis of ‘a South Africanism that embraces the richness of our diversity’.’
- ‘In contrast Scylla is closely aligned with Africanisms, albeit in an alienated form.’
- ‘In 1949, his seminal research in Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect detailed the ways African languages impacted American English.’
- ‘Both men use film to explore the specificity of Africanisms within the context of human universal as well as American experiences and social norms.’
2mass noun The belief that black Africans and their culture should predominate in Africa.‘some proclaim a policy of non-racialism, others a more racially exclusive one of Africanism’
- ‘She said the roadshows would reflect Africanism of the country's people through aspects such as the theme song.’
- ‘I strongly believe in Africanism to the core.’
- ‘From his student days at Fort Hare where his ideas of Africanism began to ferment, he challenged the existing apartheid order which had extended its arm to educational institutions.’
- ‘Narrow and all defined tribal loyalties are an obstacle towards embracing a broader sense of nationalism, Africanism, and democracy.’
- ‘He is considered one of the founding fathers of Africanism, a philosophy that espoused an almost militant pride in blackness.’
- ‘The city benefited enormously from but refused historic equality to Africanism that wove itself so thoroughly through New Orleans culture.’
- ‘The Folger's collections have proved invaluable to a project we have undertaken on Africanism in early modern England and English America.’
- ‘But they were not offering a black version of exclusive white South Africanism - whites as well as blacks were part of the nation.’
- ‘Another aspect of their Africanism is intellectual, a conscious stance that systematically questions the Western perspective on reality.’
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