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French on Shifting Ground – Cultural and Coastal Erosion in South Louisiana - University Press of Mississippi
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French on Shifting Ground: Cultural and Coastal Erosion in South Louisiana

Nathalie Dajko


French on Shifting Ground introduces readers to the lower Lafourche Basin, Louisiana, where the land, a language, and a way of life are at risk due to climate change, environmental disaster, and coastal erosion. Louisiana French is endangered all around the state, but in the lower Lafourche Basin the shift to English is accompanied by the equally rapid disappearance of the land on which its speakers live. The book outlines the development of French in the region, highlighting the features that make it unique in the world, and including the first published description of the way it is spoken b ... More

Keywords: Louisiana Folklife, Louisiana French, Language and place, Coastal erosion, Language and culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781496830647
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496830647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathalie Dajko, author
Tulane University, New Orleans