Series: Indo-European

Episode 21: Matheus Freitas, part 1, on the vowels of Brazilian Portuguese

In this episode, Lisa returns after a time away, just in time to talk to Matheus Freitas of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais about the vowels of Brazilian Portuguese, how they work, how they are unique, and how they are changing. TOPICS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE apocope, what it is, how it is occurring…

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Episode 20: Amanda Lafleur, part 3, more on what makes Louisiana French unique

In this episode, we return after vacation and finish our discussion with Amanda Lafleur about Louisiana French. It’s a fun – and funny! – episode, and we think you’ll enjoy listening. TOPICS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: passé composé without être, and distinctions made when using it as Continental French does (see here: https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/auxiliary-verbs/) the lack…

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Episode 19: Amanda Lafleur, part 2, on peculiarities in Louisiana French and Creole

This week we continue our conversation with Amanda Lafleur about Louisiana French. The first part of our conversation focused on the development of the Dictionary of Louisiana French. In this second episode, we are joined by a colleague, Nathan Wendt, who studies Louisiana Creole, and we begin talking about some of the unique words and…

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Episode 18: Amanda Lafleur, part 1, on the development of the Dictionary of Louisiana French

This week we continue our conversation about Louisiana French with the first of three episodes taken from our interview with Amanda Lafleur. Dr Ancelet’s interview was about the socio-historical context, while our discussion with Amanda gets more into the actual features of Louisiana French. The first third of the interview talks about the development of…

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Episode 17: Barry Ancelet, part 3, on the future of Louisiana French

This week, we finish our discussion with Barry Ancelet. We turn to the future of Louisiana French, how it’s expressing itself, and the positive signs that there is a bright future ahead for French in Louisiana. PHOTO CREDIT: Philip Gould TOPICS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: the stigmatization and the “double minority status” of Louisiana French…

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Episode 16: Barry Ancelet, part 2, on Louisiana French identity and literacy

This week we continue our conversation on Louisiana French with Dr. Barry Ancelet, noted folklorist and expert in Cajun culture. We talk about the differences between Louisiana French and Modern Standard French, how they developed independently, and the historical efforts to preserve Louisiana French by writing it and teaching it. PHOTO CREDIT: Philip Gould TOPICS…

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Episode 15: Barry Ancelet, part 1, on Louisiana French

This week we begin a three-part series on Louisiana French with Dr. Barry Ancelet, noted folklorist and expert in Cajun culture. We talk about how French came to be spoken in Louisiana, how it thrived, how it was threatened, and the work that has been to help maintain it going forward. PHOTO CREDIT: Philip Gould…

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