The literature on the existence of French phonology in the English of Cajun natives in Louisiana contains multiple studies related to those native peoples of southwestern regions of the state. However, research on southeastern coastal regions is not as dense. The present study sought to contribute to the research in one parish of this southeastern region by analyzing the expression of Cajun French features in English speech across multiple levels of formality. These Cajun French features were investigated in terms of existence and frequency across two generations and two gender groups of a Cajun family, all of whom have remained lifelong residents of the region. In addition, the study sought to collect interview data related to linguistic attitudes of the same participants. The interview data were used to further explain the results of the phonological analysis. Analysis of phonological features of French within the Cajun English of the speakers revealed a higher prevalence of French features in the speech of males, regardless of generation assignment, but also a higher prevalence of French features, on average, in middle-aged participants. Qualitative analysis of recorded interview data revealed the maintenance of Cajun identity through English accent and Cajun traditions but also an increase in willingness to adapt to mainstream culture across generations.In an effort to illustrate the uniqueness of Cajun identity (as recognized by outsiders), the MGF revealed that her youngest daughter has often shown off ... loss of CF, but claimed that CF was not necessary for the maintenance of Cajun identity.
|Title||:||Intergenerational Patterns of Phonological Features and Linguistic Attitudes of Cajun English Speakers|
|Author||:||Amanda Louise Coyne|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|