Book of the Year

The prize committee noted the editor's "masterful job in compiling an educational and reference resource based on thorough scholarship. This Dictionary of Louisiana French is indispensible to the study of French culture in Louisiana."

The Dictionary not only contains the largest number of words and expressions of French vocabulary in Louisiana but also provides the most complete information available for each entry. 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 also features a wealth of illustrative examples derived from fieldwork and textual sources and identification of the parish where the entry was collected or the source from which it was compiled. An English-to-Louisiana French index enables readers to find out how particular notions would be expressed in la Louisiane.