Louisiana Creole


A language of United States

Alternate Names
Louisiana Creole French

70,000 (Neumann-Holzschuh 1985). Ethnic population: 4,000,000 (1997 M. Melançon).


Louisiana: Iberia, Lafayette, Lafourche, Natchitoches, Pointe-Coupée, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and St. Tammany parishes; east Texas; some in Sacramento, California.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).


Bayou Teche Creole (Kourí-viní ), Pointe Coupée Creole (Gombó). Different from standard French [fra], Cajun French [frc] (also spoken in Louisiana), Haitian [hat], and other creoles of the Caribbean.

Language Use

Those over 60 prefer Creole, and those under 30 prefer English [eng]. Several linguistic reclamation projects online (2014 C. Landry). Mainly older adults. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.