William A. Read (1869-1962) was an internationally educated and rewned linguist whose career included 38 years as a professor of English at Louisiana State University. His writings spanned five decades and have been instrumental across a wide range of academic disciplines. Most importantly, Read devoted a good portion of his research to the meaning of place names in the southeastern United States - especially as they related to Indian word adoption by Europeans.This volume includes his three Louisiana articles combined: Louisiana Place-Names of Indian Origin (1927), More Indian Place-Names in Louisiana (1928), and Indian Words (1931). Joining Alabama's reprint of Indian Place Names in Alabama and Florida Place Names of Indian Origin and Semile Personal Names , this volume completes the republication of the southern place name writings of William A. Read.
George M. Riser is a retired internist, Louisiana native, and a vocational archaeologist and historian of Louisiana's past.