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ERIC Number: ED352840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Linguistic Features of Cajun English.
Cox, Juanita
The study contrasts Acadian English (Cajun) spoken in Louisiana with the local standard English, describing the linguistic features (pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary) of the dialect in non-technical language. The objective is to inform elementary and secondary school teachers and others involved in education and curriculum development for a population including Cajun students. Data were drawn from analysis of taped sessions with K-12 children from over 30 schools, interviews with 225 teachers in predominantly French-speaking communities, and analysis of works by Cajun authors, including dialect writings, humorous anecdotes, newspaper articles, local dictionaries, fiction, and folklore. The information is presented in the form of charts and outlines, without narrative. Specific phonological features are listed with phonetic transcription and forms in standard and Cajun English are contrasted. Grammatical features for various form classes are listed, again with standard and Cajun forms contrasted. Lexical features of Cajun are listed in four categories: common expressions; widely-used French expressions; favorite foods; and miscellaneous items. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana