Language Shift in the Coastal Marshes of Louisiana

Kevin Rottet
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Throughout the twentieth century numerous ethnic cultures and languages have been threatened by increasing globalization. French Louisiana, a vibrant and diverse region that has been culturally and linguistically distinct from its neighbors for over two centuries, has not been spared this trend. Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, which comprise the coastal marsh area, have been described as strongholds of tradition, in which large numbers of people have continued to speak Cajun French.



Language Shift in the Coastal Marshes of Louisiana. Studies in Ethnolinguistics, vol. 8. Rottet, Kevin J. Series editor Glen Gilbert. New York: Peter Lang Publishers (2001)