French, Cajun

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Acadian, Cadien, Cajan, Cajun, Louisiana French
Population

25,600 (2010 census), decreasing.

Location

Louisiana: west of the Mississippi to Allen, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, and Evangeline parishes; Texas: small border area west of Sabine river, east of Beaumont.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Marsh French, Prairie French, Big Woods French. Reportedly Cajun speakers can partially understand standard French [fra].

Language Use

Mainly older adults. Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Koasati [cku].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 60% in English [eng], 0% in French [fra]. Textbooks in Cajun, translations of some classics. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar.
Other Comments

Ancestors came from French Canada in the 18th century. Christian.

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