Louisiana Creole


A language of United States

Alternate Names
Kréyol, Louisiana Creole French

10,000 (Neumann-Holzschuh and Klingler 2013). Ethnic population: 4,000,000 (1997 M. Melançon).


California: Sacramento; 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; Texas: east.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).


Bayou Teche Creole (Kourí-viní), Pointe Coupée Creole (Gombó). Different from standard French [fra], Cajun French [frc] (also spoken in Louisiana), Haitian Creole [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). Older adults only. All also use English [eng] (Neumann-Holzschuh and Klingler 2013).

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. Texts.


Unwritten [Qaax].

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