[Ads-l] Jaav / Jive - 'crazy', 'idiotic', 'stupid', 'good-for-nothing', 'pathetic'

Z Sohna zrice3714 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 31 19:10:20 UTC 2021

I received a question recently regarding my post here on the Native Black
American *jaav(-like)* and *jaab(-like)* ‘very’, ‘too’ vs. the Native Black
American *jaav* ‘play with', ‘tease'.

To ensure there is no ambiguity or confusion of these homonyms (as
suggested by the email I received), I decided to update the article on
Fulfulde-derived Africanisms in Native Black American Language to include
the former Mandinka-derived adverb, along with (what was supposed to be
forthcoming research on) the Kikongo-derived Native Black American homonym
*jaav* ‘crazy', 'stupid’, 'idiotic’, 'pathetic', 'miserable', ‘nonsense’.

The updated article can be found at the following link:


Zola S.

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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