Date: Tue, 31 Jan 1995 21:36:48 -0600
From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM
Subject: Re: hmm.. what's cajun English, then?
1--"Anglos (people of Cajun extraction who speak English)"
--if (1) above are NOT speakers of Cajun English, then who is?
(I'm assuming that the real speakers, who "Please to stand up"
as we say in Jamaica, must both be "of Cajun extraction" and
I'm not sure what the original poster meant, but I'd say there is a definte
difference between my 37 year-old husband, who is 7/8ths cajun by blood and
was raised in southeast Texas but speaks no French, and his 73-year-old
grandfather, who was raised on Avery Island in Louisiana, learned English
as a second language, spoke French at home with his wife (until her recent
death), and whose English carries a distinctly "cajun" accent and syntax.
I apologize--as a non-linguist who usually only lurks on this list, I don't
really know what the technical distinction is. It does seem to me there is
Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]bga.com