Published three years after Kimball’s richly detailed Koasati Grammar, this dictionary is the second of three monographs to result from his fifteen-year study of the language. In this work, Kimball provides the user with a substantial introduction outlining Koasati grammar and then organizes dictionary entries into two parts, the first arranged from Koasati to English and the second from English to Koasati. In addition to the English translations, entries in the Koasati-English section include sample sentences that illustrated word usage as well as illuminate traditional Koasati culture. Most of these sentences are taken from narrative texts.
The dictionary, like Kimball’s grammar of Koasati, is an indispensable reference work for linguists, anthropologists, and historians—indeed, for anyone interested in the native culture history of the southeastern United States.