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Standard French vs. Cajun French (1984)

En Français



Genre: French

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-04-22

Duration: 00:26:39

Subjects: French language | Cajun French dialect


  • Fontenot, James Host
  • Abshire, Shirley Guest


This episode of the series “En Francais” from April 22, 1984, features James Fontenot’s conversation with Shirley Abshire, a French professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. Fontenot and Abshire discuss the differences between standard French and the Cajun French dialect. This episode was preserved through a 2018 CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant.