Dictionary of Louisiana French

Dictionary of Louisiana French

As Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities

Book - 2010
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"The Dictionary of Louisiana French (DLF) provides the richest inventory of French vocabulary in Louisiana and reflects precisely the speech of the period from 1930 to the present. This dictionary describes the current usage of French-speaking peoples inthe five broad regions of South Louisiana: the coastal marshes, the banks of the Mississippi River, the central area, the north, and the western prairie. Data were collected during interviews from at least five persons in each of twenty-four areas in these regions. In addition to the data collected from fieldwork, the dictionary contains material compiled from existing lexical inventories, from texts published after 1930, and from archival recordings." "The new authoritative resource, the DLF not only contains the largest number of words and expressions but also provides the most complete information available for each entry. Entries include the word in the conventional French spelling, the pronunciation (including attested variants), the part of speech classification, the English equivalent, and the word's use in common phrases. The DLF features a wealth of illustrative examples derived from fieldwork and textual sources and identification of the parish where the entry was collected or the source from which it was compiled. An English-to-Louisiana French index enables readers to find out how particular notions would be expressed in la Louisiane."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2010.
ISBN: 9781604734034
Branch Call Number: 447.976303 D554
Characteristics: xl, 892 p. ; 29 cm.


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Jun 24, 2017

Excellent dictionary showcasing the variety of French spoken in Louisiana. Although mostly known as Cajun French, it is not spoken only by Cajuns, but by Native American and Afro-Creole populations as well. Highly recommended.

Nov 09, 2013

Fantastic research went into this dictionary. It's impressive how much time, effort, and truly caring that the language was documented was put into it. My gripe with the book is that the pronunciation guide doesn't actually give guidance on how to say the various sounds. It gives the symbol, how it might be shown, the Louisiana word, and the English equivalent. But nothing tells how to pronounce that symbol - you need to know the International Phonetic Alphabet. So unless you already know French this book will not help you with learning Louisiana French.

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