ERIC Number: ED420881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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"Glad You Axed": A Teacher's Guide to Cajun English.
Cheramie, Deany M.
Incorporating an understanding of different varieties of English (particularly Cajun English) and the appropriateness of their use into the language arts curriculum can help speakers of dialects understand the origins of their language and the significance it plays in their lives. Educators who work with students who use Cajun English need to be open to understanding the cultural biases associated with any dialect. A review of research on Cajun English indicates that (1) phonetically, the most distinguishing characteristic is the replacement of the voiceless and the voiced interdental fricatives with the voiceless and voiced alveolar stops /t/ and /d/, the general lack of some diphthongs, and the use of suprasegmental phonemes that differ from Southern or Standard English; (2) the strongest syntactic element is found in the formation of tag questions; (3) Cajun English has a lexicon particular to the dialect; (4) the dialect is an ethnic marker for Cajuns; (5) social attitudes towards the dialect have changed from negative connotations towards speakers of the dialect to a more tolerant acceptance; and (6) the origins of the dialect are well understood as a by-product of Louisiana educational and constitutional law in the early part of the 20th century. While there are some points of disagreement among researchers, all seem to come to the conclusion that Cajun English is an interesting and significant American dialect. (Contains four notes and 48 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana