Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Why Dey Talk Like Dat?: A Study of the Status of Cajun English as a Dialect or an Accent
by Charpentier, Dylan T., M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 115; 10622943
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis empirically asks whether Cajun English, a variety of American English spoken in South Louisiana, is an accent or a dialect. Because dialects are phonologically and syntactically and/or semantically different from a languageā€™s standard form, this thesis examines one feature within each of those domains: the realization of interdental fricatives as stops, the use of perfective aspect on past tense verb phrases, and manner salience in descriptions of motion. In each domain, I ask if Cajun English is different from Standard English and, if it is, if that difference could be attributable to influences of Cajun French.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feist, Michele
Commitee: Lindner, Tamara, Rice, Clai
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, Sociolinguistics
Keywords: Cajun English, Cajun French, Sociolinguistics
Publication Number: 10622943
ISBN: 9780355854060
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