French, Cajun


A language of United States

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

21,300 (2015 census), decreasing.


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).


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

Language Use

Adults only. 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. Dictionary. Grammar.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

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

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