French and Creole in Louisiana

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Albert Valdman
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 30, 1997 - Foreign Language Study - 372 pages
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Leading specialists on Cajun French and Louisiana Creole examine dialectology and sociolinguistics in this volume, the first comprehensive treatment of the linguistic situation of francophone Louisiana and its relation to the current development of French in North America outside of Quebec. Topics discussed include:
  • language shift and code mixing
  • speaker attitudes
  • the role of schools and media in the maintenance of these languages
  • and such language planning initiatives as the CODOFIL program to revive the sue of French in Louisiana. £/LIST£
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    Contents

    Chapter
    1
    Chapter
    3
    Language Planning in Louisiana
    8
    Chapter
    9
    Chapter 2
    25
    Acquiring and Losing Linguistic Proficiency
    34
    Future of Cajun French
    42
    Field Method in Four Cajun Communities in Louisiana
    47
    Conclusion
    207
    Chapter 8
    215
    Social versus Community and Cultural Norms in Louisiana
    221
    The Issue of Norms in Louisiana French Language Planning
    227
    French and Creole on St Barth and St Thomas
    237
    Language Varieties of St Barth
    246
    Conclusion
    252
    Maintenance and Transmission of Traditional Acadian Features
    264

    Conducting the Fieldwork
    55
    Preliminary Quantitative Results on Linguistic Attitudes
    61
    Discussion
    68
    Grammatical Categories
    78
    Syntax
    105
    Phonology
    112
    Chapter 6
    116
    Sentence Structure
    132
    The African Element in Louisiana Creole
    139
    The Lexicon of Louisiana French
    145
    Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Describing
    153
    Lexicogenetic Strategies
    160
    Chapter 7
    183
    Language Contact Phenomena
    275
    Conclusion
    282
    The FrancoOntarians
    288
    Taped Interview Excerpts
    299
    Conclusion
    309
    Chapter 12
    315
    Perspectives
    330
    Linguistic Influences during the Formative Period of Louisiana Creole
    337
    Implications of the Historical Perspective for Modern Louisiana Creole
    344
    Chapter 14
    351
    Name and Title Index
    361
    Subject Index
    367
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    About the author (1997)

    Albert Valdman is Rudy Professor of French, Italian, and Linguistics (emeritus) and the director of the Creole Institute at Indiana University. He is also the editor of the "Haitian CreoleaEnglish Bilingual Dictionary".