Vocabulario Vaquero/Cowboy Talk: A Dictionary of Spanish Terms from the American West

Front Cover
University of Oklahoma Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Reference - 197 pages
0 Reviews
Spanish is an important source for terms and expressions that have made their way into the English of the southwestern United States. Vocabulario Vaquero/Cowboy Talk is the first book to list all Spanish-language terms pertaining to two important activities in the American West-ranching and cowboying-with special reference to American Indian terms that have come through Spanish. In addition to presenting the most accurate definitions available, this A-to-Z lexicon traces the etymology of words and critically reviews and assesses the specialized English sources for each entry. It is the only dictionary of its kind to reference Spanish sources. The scholarly treatment of this volume makes it an essential addition to the libraries of linguists and historians interested in Spanish/English contact in the American West. Western enthusiasts of all backgrounds will find accessible entries full of invaluable information. Robert N. Smead is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Brigham Young University. Ronald Kil is a New Mexico cowboy and artist who has worked on ranches and feedlots all over the West. Richard W. Slatta is Professor of History at North Carolina State University and the author of numerous books, including Comparing Cowboys and Frontiers.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 195 - AC. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985. Cassidy, Frederic G., and Joan Houston Hall.

About the author (2005)

Robert N. Smead is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Brigham Young University.

Richard W. Slatta is Professor of History at North Carolina State University and the author of numerous books, including Comparing Cowboys and Frontiers.

Ronald Kil decided in his teens to pursue his dreams of becoming both a cowboy and an artist. He rode for big outfits across the West for many years, carrying a sketchbook with him. A decade ago, he left the cowboy world and became a full-time artist and illustrator. His illustrations have appeared in"New Mexico Magazine" and many other publications. Ronald Kil has also illustrated numerous books, including five titles in the University of New Mexico Press's Children of the West series.

Bibliographic information