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If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That: The Creole of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

Klingler, Thomas A.

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ISBN 10: 0807127795 / ISBN 13: 9780807127797
Published by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 2003
Condition: As New Soft cover
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advance uncorrected proof (so stated); letter from publisher laid in; from the library of the linguist Glenn Gilbert; As New; spiral bound in black plastic, soft covers are beige with black lettering front and back; a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes production of Klingler's tour de force, the most thorough-going study of French Creole in Louisiana ever written, these uncorrected proof sheets chronicle a fast-disappearing aspect of Louisiana and American language/culture, an important source of new data for the study of French in the New World and of creole languages; would make an interesting addition to a collection of books on creolistics or creole French, or on French in Louisiana; large 4to - 11 1/8 inches tall, xxxv + 533 numbered pages. Bookseller Inventory # 000476

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Title: If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That: The ...

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Spiral Bound

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Book Type: Advance Uncorrected Proof

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If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That, by Thomas Klingler, is an in-depth study of the Creole language spoken in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, a community situated on the west bank of the Mississippi River above Baton Rouge that dates back to the early eighteenth century. The first comprehensive grammatical description of this particular variety of Louisiana Creole, Klingler's work is timely indeed, since most Creole speakers in the Pointe Coupee area are over sixty-five and the language is not being passed on to younger generations. It preserves and explains an important yet little understood part of America's cultural heritage that is rapidly disappearing.
The heart of the book is a detailed morphosyntactic description based on some 150 hours of interviews with Pointe Coupee Creole speakers. Each grammatical feature is amply illustrated with contextual examples, and Klingler's descriptive framework will facilitate comparative research. The author also provides historical and sociolinguistic background information on the region, examining economic, demographic, and social conditions that contributed to the formation and spread of Creole in Louisiana. Pointe Coupee Creole is unusual, and in some cases unique, because of such factors as the parish's early exposure to English, its rapid development of a plantation economy, and its relative insulation from Cajun French.
The volume concludes with transcriptions and English translations of Creole folk tales and of Klingler's conversations with Pointe Coupee's residents, a treasure trove of cultural and linguistic raw data. This kind of rarely printed material will be essential in preserving Creole in the future. Encylopedic in its approach and featuring a comprehensive bibliography, If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That is a rich resource for those interested in the development of Louisiana Creole and in Francophony.

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Thomas A. Klingler is an associate professor specializing in French linguistics and Louisiana French at Tulane University. He is the coauthor of the Dictionary of Louisiana Creole.

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