Date: Wed, 20 Apr 1994 15:25:00 EDT From: "Mary.Ojibway" <20676MKB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.BITNET> Subject: Cajun query I am not a linguist but I have visited relatives along the Grand Caillou bayou many times. They speak Cajun but are not related to those who came down from Acadia. My brother-in-law and his family are Houma Indians. There also seem to be many Blacks who speak that dialect. I would consider the Blacks, white ancesters of those from Canada, and the Houmas as three different Cajun speaking groups. That is purely a layman's guess. Wouldn't it just be a dialect since French in Canada and France can easily understand it? My same brother-in-law spent one semester as an exchange student in Paris. Everyone understood his French but he heard frequent comments about how horrible his grammar was. That's it for me. I am sorry I can't be of more help. Perhaps if you contacted my brother-in-law, he could be more helpful. He's a professor at the Vermont Law School but receives he mail via Dartmouth at: Bruce Duthu[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] I haven't had much luck reaching him there. Supposedly they collect messages and someone from the Dartmouth systems office sends them to the law school daily. Good luck. Kate Ojibway