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Barrelhouse Words

A Blues Dialect Dictionary

Stephen Calt

Publication Year: 2009

This fascinating compendium explains the most unusual, obscure, and curious words and expressions from vintage blues music. Utilizing both documentary evidence and invaluable interviews with a number of now-deceased musicians from the 1920s and '30s, blues scholar Stephen Calt unravels the nuances of more than twelve hundred idioms and proper or place names found on oft-overlooked "race records" recorded between 1923 and 1949. From "aggravatin' papa" to "yas-yas-yas" and everything in between, this truly unique, racy, and compelling resource decodes a neglected speech for general readers and researchers alike, offering invaluable information about black language and American slang.

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-

Author's Note

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pp. ix-x

Introduction

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pp. xi-xx

Select Annotated Bibliography of Dictionary Sources

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pp. xxi-xxv

General Bibliography

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pp. xxvi-xxviii

Informants Cited in Text

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pp. xxix-xxx

Abbreviations and Symbols Used in Text

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pp. xxxi-

A BLUES DIALECT DICTIONARY

H

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pp. 113-130

I

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pp. 131-133

J

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pp. 133-140

K

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pp. 141-145

L

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pp. 145-153

M

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pp. 153-167

N

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pp. 167-173

O

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pp. 173-178

P

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pp. 178-203

R

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pp. 203-207

S

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pp. 207-240

T

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pp. 240-257

U

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pp. 258-259

V

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pp. 259-260

W

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pp. 260-270

Y

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pp. 270-272

Appendix

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pp. 273-274

Index

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pp. 275-285

About the Author, Publication Information

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pp. 286-


E-ISBN-13: 9780252090714
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252033476

Page Count: 320
Publication Year: 2009

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Subject Headings

  • Blues (Music) -- Texts -- Dictionaries.
  • Blues (Music) -- History and criticism.
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