A Creole Lexicon: Architecture, Landscape, People by Jay Edwards

By Jay Edwards

all through Louisiana’s colonial and postcolonial classes, there advanced a hugely really expert vocabulary for describing the region’s constructions, humans, and cultural landscapes. This creolized language—a exact blend of localisms and phrases borrowed from French, Spanish, English, Indian, and Caribbean sources—developed to fit the multiethnic wishes of settlers, planters, explorers, developers, surveyors, and executive officers. at the present time, this old vernacular is usually opaque to historians, architects, lawyers, geographers, students, and most of the people who have to comprehend its meanings. With A Creole Lexicon, Jay Edwards and Nicolas Kariouk offer a hugely geared up source for its restoration. listed here are definitions for hundreds of thousands of formerly misplaced or misapplied phrases, together with watercraft and land automobiles, furnishings, housetypes certain to Louisiana, humans, and social different types.

Drawn at once from tourists’ bills, ancient maps, and criminal records, the volume’s copious entries rfile what would truly were heard and visible by way of the peoples of the Louisiana territory. Newly produced diagrams and drawings in addition to reproductions of unique eighteenth- and nineteenth-century files and ancient American structures Surveys improve realizing. 16 topic indexes record identical English phrases for simple entry to suitable Creole translations. A Creole Lexicon is a useful source for exploring and protecting Louisiana’s cultural heritage.

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