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1. One of a group of people of African ancestry inhabiting the Sea Islands and coastal areas of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida.
2. The creolized language of the Gullahs, based on English but including vocabulary elements and grammatical features from several African languages and spoken in isolated communities from Georgetown in eastern South Carolina to northern Florida.

[Perhaps alteration of Angola or from Gola, a people of Sierra Leone and Liberia.]
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npl -lahs or -lah
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people living on the Sea Islands or in the coastal regions of South Carolina, Georgia, and NE Florida
2. (Languages) the creolized English spoken by these people
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(ˈgʌl ə)

1. a member of any of the communities of blacks that formerly comprised the principal population of the Sea Islands and adjacent coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia.
2. the English-based creole spoken by the Gullahs.
[1730–40; of uncertain orig.; variously identified with Angola or the Gola, a Liberian ethnic group]
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Sixth generation Gullah and Native American Daufuskie Island native Sallie Ann Robinson's heartfelt cooking compilation is studded with history, folklore, and color photos of the long-isolated South Carolina sea island, personalized with cherished memories of a "Beenyah" childhood rich in tradition.
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We were glad to be educated near Midway, Georgia by a Gullah Gee Chee descendent at a small DIY slavery museum as well as by a couple of local activists.
In the marshy islands of coastal South Carolina and Georgia, it's called Gullah, whose 21st century version is striving to make a musical place for itself
Her new work is an allegorical novella of three generations of Gullah women and Lowcountry heirs' property land dispossession to be released in October by Anaphora Literary Press.
Dedicated to the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters, the poem calls the speaker to a baptismal moment that simultaneously evokes the "troubled waters" of the Middle Passage: "I love you in the water / Where they pretended to wade, / Singing that old blood-deep song / That dragged us to those banks / And cast us in."
'Sea Islands Series, 1991-1992' (until 6 May) is a selection of photographs, texts and ceramic plates by Carrie Mae Weems that explores the culture and language of the Gullah, the descendants of freedmen and former slaves, who live on a group of islands off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina.
Najoo, RCCI Express (Model Town, Pepsi, RCCI for safety), Chaklala, River Garden, Bank Road-II, Sir Syed Road, Nogazi, I-14/3, EME Complex, Zeeshan Colony, Golra, Shah Jevan feeders, , 09:30am to 15:00pm Dina-1 (Bakrala), Al-Noor Colony feeders, 11:00am to 15:00pm Gondal, Hameed feeders, 09:00am to 15:00pm F-10 (Kala Base), F-2 (Chip Board), Industrial feeders, 10:00am to 13:00pm Adyala Jail, Khasala, Shahpur feeders, 09:30am to 14:30pm Jakkar feeder, 10:00am to 14:00pm Hussain Abad, Khan Abad, Shah Dher, Katchery, City, A.Z.Shaheed feeders, 09:00am to 13:00pm Kallar Kahar, Sarkal, Main Bazar, Dhok Pathan, Kot Gullah, Dhermond, Kot Chaudhrian, Syed Kasran, Khanpur, Adhi, Rohtas, Dina City, Kala Base, Domeli, Mumtaz Shaheed, Bakrala, Bewal feeders and surrounding areas.
The story is sourced among the Gullah people, or the Saltwater Geechee people, black Africans brought to America from Angola.
Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination.
Now, I'm a crusty old back-country New Englander, but I recognize Gullah as a Creole language, in this case an odd sort-of English with traces of West African languages, spoken mainly in the Sea Islands off the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina.