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Louisiana Place Names of Indian Origin

A Collection of Words

William A. Read, edited and with an introduction by George Riser

Publication Year: 2008

His writings spanned five decades and have been instrumental across a wide range of academic disciplines. Most importantly, Read devoted a good portion of his research to the meaning of place names in the southeastern United States—especially as they related to Indian word adoption by Europeans.

This volume includes his three Louisiana articles combined: Louisiana: Louisiana Place-Names of Indian Origin (1927), More Indian Place-Names in Louisiana (1928), and Indian Words (1931). Joining Alabama's reprint of Indian Places Names in Alabama and Florida Place Names of Indian Origin and Seminole Personal Names, this volume completes the republication of the southern place name writings of William A. Read. 

Published by: The University of Alabama Press

Series: Alabama Fire Ant


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p. v

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xxi

Louisiana Place Names of Indian Origin, originally published in 1927, was the first in a series of studies William A. Read undertook to examine place names of Indian origin in different southern states. The current reissue of the Louisiana volume is designed to complement studies by William A. Read previously reprinted by The University of Alabama Press...

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1. Louisiana Place Names of Indian Origin

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pp. 1-74

During the preparation of this study I have received help from many persons. I wish to express my cordial thanks to Mrs. T. P. Thompson for the privilege of using her fine library of Americana; to my colleagues, Professors James F. Broussard and Hoguet A. Major, for information with regard to certain Creole- French terms; to my colleague, Professor Walter...

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2. More Indian Place Names in Louisiana

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pp. 75-91

My former study of the Indian place names of Louisiana1 contains a few errors, which I wish to correct in the present paper. I am, too, now able to give a few facts about various names; and, what is more important, I can add other names that are still extant, as well as some that seem but recently to have fallen into disuse...

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3. Indian Words (from Louisiana French, 1931)

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pp. 92-14

Historical— At the close of the seventeenth century, the early French colonists found the Lower Mississippi Valley and the adjacent territory in the possession of numerous Indian tribes, who are classified as members of four great linguistic families, the Caddoan, the Muskhogean, the Siouan, and the Tunican. Beginning slightly west of Pearl River and extending eastward...

E-ISBN-13: 9780817380724
Print-ISBN-13: 9780817355050

Page Count: 148
Illustrations: 6
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Alabama Fire Ant
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OCLC Number: 647930706
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