NDJUKA. An English-based CREOLE of SURINAM spoken since the 18c by the Eastern Bush Negroes (the Aucan or Ndjuka and the Boni or Aluku). The language developed among runaways from plantation slavery. It is closely related to SRANAN and to a limited degree mutually intelligible with it. Ndjuka is unusual among creoles in having its own syllabic writing developed by its speakers, a system with strong similarities to indigenous scripts of West Africa.
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