The Regional Vocabulary of Texas

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byE. Bagby Atwood

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The vocabulary of Texas, and of the Southwest, has a character that sets it apart from all others. It is to some extent an amalgamation of words brought from other sections. A more important ingredient, however, has been a large group of words that initially grew into usage in Texas itself.

Utilizing a thorough knowledge of language and a remarkable insight into linguistics, the author, Professor of English at the University of Texas, has compiled a reference book for scholars, writers, and laymen whose interests involve the use of this vocabulary. It is a well-balanced book, designed to present to the reader not only the actual vocabulary in use but also the area involved, topical surveys of words used, their backgrounds, and geographical aspects of their usage. Easterners and Westerners alike will relish the unique flavor of the Southwestern vocabulary.

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The vocabulary of Texas, and of the Southwest, has a character that sets it apart from all others. It is to some extent an amalgamation of words brought from other sections. A more important ingredient, however, has been a large group of words that initially grew into usage in Texas itself.Utilizing a thorough knowledge of language and...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292770081

ISBN - 13:9780292770089

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Table of Contents

ForewordList of IllustrationsList of TablesI. The AreaGeographySettlementChanges in EconomyII. The MethodBackground and Related StudiesThe Texas Questionnaire and Its UseAnalysis of the MaterialsIII. Topical Survey of the VocabularyThe WeatherThe LandscapeThe HouseGoods and ChattelsTime and DistanceThe PremisesVarious FaunaSomething to EatFamily MattersSocial and Daily LifeOther PeopleVerb Forms and SyntaxMiscellaneous TermsIV. Geographical Aspects of UsageEastern WordsLouisiana WordsSouthwestern WordsMiscellaneous DistributionsEastern LimitsV. Dialect Mixture and MeaningBlendingDevelopment of DistinctionsVI. Obsolescence and ReplacementReasons for Vocabulary ChangeSocial and Economic Factors InvolvedTablesVII. Lexicographical PilónAuthorities for “Border” SpanishEtymologies and MeaningsVIII. Word AtlasExplanation of the MapsMaps 1 through 125Appendix: Machine Handling of the DataWord Index

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Snap beans and chittlins, tot and pilon, racket store and slop jar, anti-goglin, light a shuck, peckerwood, clabber, chifferobe, chiffonier and hundreds of other words and phrases familiar to natives and some newcomers are found on these pages. This...publication has unearthed a rich vein of Texas ore.