The Origin and Development of Louisiana Creole French

  • Margaret M. Marshall
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Abstract

Louisiana Creole French (LC) has been spoken in Louisiana for more than two centuries. It has its roots in the plantocratic society that brought black slaves from Africa into Louisiana to work on plantations. Developed during the 18th century, this speech has ties to the linguistic codes that became prevalent in other plantocratic societies, for example, preposed particles to indicate tense and aspect of verbs and the use of postposed determiners with nouns. Yet, from both a historical and a sociolinguistic perspective, the status of LC is unique.

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Baton Rouge Slave Trade African Language Slave Population German Coast 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret M. Marshall
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  1. 1.Department of Foreign Languages and LiteraturesSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityHammondUSA

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