Agouti to Zandoli: Fauna in the Dictionary of Trinbagonian

Lise Winer, Hans E.A. Boos


The history of the naming of Trinidad and Tobago's fauna reflects the rich and varied linguistic heritage of the English and English Creole vernacular of the country. As part of a larger project, a scholarly and historical Dictionary of Trinbagonian, the flora and fauna are not being neglected. All known vernacular names for the plants and animals indigenous to the two islands will be listed. Also included will be historical quotations, accurate descriptions of the plants and animals, and, as far as possible, identification of etymological sources for the words. The following discussion is a bit of the lexicographer's log, a dictionary maker in the jungle of words, stuck in the confusion of underbrush, occasionally finding a trail.

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