Mary Tutwiler of The Independent in Lafayette, Louisiana has a nice piece on UPM's newly released Dictionary of Louisiana French: As Spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indian Communities. Tutwiler speaks with Dictionary assistant editor Amanda LaFleur about the research, fieldwork, and the practical uses of Louisiana-French dictionary.
The Dictionary of Louisiana French provides the riches inventory of French vocabulary in Louisiana and reflects the current usage of French-speaking peoples of South Louisiana. Entries include the word in the conventional French spelling, the pronunciation (including attested variants), the part of speech classification, the English equivalent, and the word's use in common phrases.
The Dictionary was made possible through the work of senior editor Albert Valdman and associate editor Kevin J. Rottet, with assistant editors: Barry Jean Ancelet, Richard Guidry, Thomas A. Klingler, Amanda LaFleur, Tamara Lindner, Michael D. Picone, and Dominique Ryon.
The Dictionary of Louisiana French is now available from UPM.