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Gullah is the name of an ethnic group and their English-African creole language spoken primarily on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. The Gullah and Geechee are descendants of African-American slaves who developed the Gullah language because they had no common language and also because they needed secret communications that slaveowners could not understand. The chorus words to the Christian hymn Kum Ba Yah are said to be from the Gullah for Come By Here.

See also Languages in the United States