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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureOther - Society & Culture · 1 month ago

when blacks were brought as slaves to the u.s. how were they able to communicate with each other?

not only could they not speak English, blacks were brought from many different tribes so the slaves themselves could not communicate with each other

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also how did the white man communicate with them??

african languages probably sounded like gibberish to them 

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They couldn't, unless they happened to be from the same tribe/ethnicity. That was the whole point!  if they can't communicate with eachother, how would they plan an escape or rebellion?

    how did the white man communicate with them??

    the same way people talk to animals

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  • 1 month ago

    The same way people of different language traditions brought together learn to communicate. They pick up some of the vocabulary of the dominant language, and in 18/19th century slave days that was English, French, or Spanish.  Then they create a lingua franca that allows some communication. The lingua franca develops into a pidgin which has the vocabulary of the dominant language but a basic grammatical structure. When the pidgin becomes the first language of the children, it is then a creole.

    If you would like to learn more about the process, I recommend "Creole Languages" by Derek Bickerton, Scientific American Vol 249, No 1 (July 1983) pp 116-123

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  • 1 month ago

    The same way any other immigrants have done it- they learn the language or their children do.  The vast majority of slaves were born in the US, and their families have been part of this country longer than most white families.

    A whip communicates a lot without words.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Ebonics, it was a series of noises along with clicking sounds. No **** 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because they could speak and understand each other. Slaves were brought together from the same region. If they didn't speak the exact same language, they spoke a dialect of it. 

    • tentofield
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      The slaves came from different language traditions. The area of West Africa from which the slaves were taken had dozens of different languages.

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