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Toward a Lexicography of French in Louisiana

Historical and Geographic Aspects
  • Pierre Rézeau
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Part of the Topics in Language and Linguistics book series (TLLI)

Abstract

If the links of Cajun and Louisiana Creole with certain patois or geographic varieties of the French of France are relatively clear, describing the way these links were formed is a complex undertaking, of which only an illustrative sample will be provided in this chapter. In tracing these links, it is important not to limit oneself to a narrow set of varieties of western France—the patois of Poitou and Saintonge, for example—but to cast the net more broadly in northern France. The lexical traces of the first Louisiana settlers are tenuous, but the influence of the two waves of Acadians who followed them toward the end of the 18th century is much easier to delineate. So are the lexical influences on Louisiana Creole from the French colonies in the Caribbean, notably Saint Domingue (present-day Haiti). Nonetheless, the interplay of these various influences within the complex linguistic continuum of Francophone Louisiana is difficult if not impossible to unravel because of the inadequacy of available data.

Keywords

French Coloni Complex Undertaking Illustrative Sample Lexical Influence American Bittern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Rézeau
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  1. 1.Institut National de la Langue FrançaiseNancyFrance

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