The Regional Vocabulary of Texas

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The Regional Vocabulary of Texas

By E. Bagby Atwood

A reference to Texas's regional vocabulary through the mid-20th century.



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6 x 9 | 286 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-77008-9

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.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
I. The Area
Changes in Economy
II. The Method
Background and Related Studies
The Texas Questionnaire and Its Use
Analysis of the Materials
III. Topical Survey of the Vocabulary
The Weather
The Landscape
The House
Goods and Chattels
Time and Distance
The Premises
Various Fauna
Something to Eat
Family Matters
Social and Daily Life
Other People
Verb Forms and Syntax
Miscellaneous Terms
IV. Geographical Aspects of Usage
Eastern Words
Louisiana Words
Southwestern Words
Miscellaneous Distributions
Eastern Limits
V. Dialect Mixture and Meaning
Development of Distinctions
VI. Obsolescence and Replacement
Reasons for Vocabulary Change
Social and Economic Factors Involved
VII. Lexicographical Pilón
Authorities for “Border” Spanish
Etymologies and Meanings
VIII. Word Atlas
Explanation of the Maps
Maps 1 through 125
Appendix: Machine Handling of the Data
Word Index

"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."

Dallas Morning News