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ERIC Number: ED022145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
Pages: 35
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The French Heritage in Acadiana: The Fundamental Course of Action Necessary to Preserve the French Language.
Rodgers, Marie Diane
Many actions have been taken recently to bring about a revival of the French language in Acadiana (Acadia), a "triangulated area, delimited by, but not including, the cities of Lake Charles, Alexandria, and New Orleans." Historically, the Acadians "spoke exclusively and happily their native French language," but they became assimilated into the local culture. One estimate of the declining number of these French-speaking Americans today is only 400,000. In addition to the factor of assimilation, the decline in the number of speakers is due, the author feels, to limitations in the teaching of French in the schools, the social attitudes prevalent, and the impact of English mass media. The author outlines the history of these people and points out the commercial and cultural advantages of preserving their language and cultural heritage. A bibliography of approximately 50 books, newspaper articles, and other publications concerning Acadia concludes this paper. See related document AL 001 250. (AMM)
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Identifiers: Acadians; Cajuns