A Creole Lexicon: Architecture, Landscape, People by Jay Dearborn Edwards, Nicolas Kariouk Pecquet Du Bellay De

By Jay Dearborn Edwards, Nicolas Kariouk Pecquet Du Bellay De Verton, William R. Brockway, Charles Funderburk

All through Louisiana’s colonial and postcolonial sessions, there advanced a hugely really good vocabulary for describing the region’s constructions, humans, and cultural landscapes. This creolized language a distinct blend of localisms and phrases borrowed from French, Spanish, English, Indian, and Caribbean resources built to fit the multiethnic wishes of settlers, planters, explorers, developers, surveyors, and executive officers. this present day this old vernacular is frequently opaque to those that have to comprehend its meanings, yet with A Creole Lexicon, Jay Edwards and Nicholas Kariouk offer a hugely prepared source for its restoration. Newly produced diagrams and drawings, in addition to unique reproductions, and 16 topic indexes help in making this a useful reference for exploring and protecting Louisiana’s cultural history.

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See cabildo, escribano, regidor. alcalde de barrio (Sp n, m). Spanish colonial New Orleans, 1779–: the commissioner of a ward (district) of the city— a city official (Din 1996b:145). alcayata (de contraventana) (SpC n, f). A wall hook (shutter hook). See crochet de contrevent. alcoba, alcoba de huéspedes (Sp n, f). Arabic al-quibba, vault or dome. Bedroom, guest bedroom, a small room set next to the sala. See chambre d’étranger, dormitorio. aldaba (Sp n, f). 1) — cerroja, door latch, bolt, crossbar.

See chenal. acoyau, acouyau (FC n, f). See coyau. acre; ak, zak (F n, f; FC n, f). Cadastral unit: 1) L’acre de Normandie: the Norman acre was a unit of land measure apparently brought back from England by Norman knights after 1066. Originally, it referred to the amount of open land that could be plowed by one yoke of oxen in one day. 4448 Eng. ) on each side. This acre amounted to 77,440 pieds carrés. An intermediate measure of 1/4 acre or 40 sq. perches was called la vergée. Though in use at the time of Louisiana’s settlement, these units of measure were apparently not carried into Louisiana (Zupko 1978:1).

6 alfajilla • American Verso Running Headcottage alfajilla (Sp, SpC n, f). 1) Spain: wood for windows and doors. alpendre, alpienda, alpendio, alpénde(r) (P, PC n, m); 2) Mexico: a purlin. See panne. alfarda (Sp n, f). From Arabic al-farsh, a floor separating two levels of a house. 1) Spain: a roof of worked or decorated wood. See alfarje, artesonado, 2) Mexico (Perote), a rafter. alfarje (Sp n, m). Sp alfarjía, batten, thus a batten-work ceiling. Arabic, al-arif, a builder. , they replicated the intricately pieced wooden ceilings of Andalusia in churches and the houses of the wealthy.

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