Their origin, evolution, and meanings, collected in Kansas from the Siouan, Algonquian, Shoshonean, Caddoan, Iroquoian, and other tongues
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
396 Pages | 6 x 9 | 8 b&w illus., 7 maps
The study of place-names has many facets—linguistics, geography, legends, literature, and folklore. Avoiding the straitjacket of purely linguistic treatment, John Rydjord groups the place-names into chapters based mainly on tribes or linguistic families. He treats the names in their historical context, delving into the circumstances that caused them to be given to each political and topographical feature and including a variety of interpretations, even contradictions.
“Written with scholarly verve and skill, proving once again that erudite scrivening can be enjoyable reading.”—Library Journal
“Excellent . . . will prove helpful to both the curious amateur and to the serious student of place-names.”—American West