Nathalie Dajko

Ce website en français louisianais:

Clips of Louisiana French

Trawling in Pointe-aux-Chênes, Terrebonne Parish
Ouragans sus les bayous
A movie about land loss and language loss
We are New Orleans
We are New Orleans 
English in the Crescent City
French in the Cane River Valley, Natchitoches Parish
Website with info and videos
Languages of Louisiana
Online course

Welcome to my page!  I'm a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.  I'm a linguist, focusing on language variation.  Much of my research has been conducted on Louisiana's French varieties.

French has been spoken in Louisiana since the early 18th century, when the French colonized the region.  Over time, with the immigration from different regions and the spread of French to groups not originally francophone, including the enslaved and indigenous populations of the colony, at least three varieties of French developed here. 

Today, French is in grave danger of disappearing.  Most speakers are rural residents over the age of 60.  Unless something is done quickly, French will likely disappear from Louisiana within the next 50 years. 

Recently, my research has turned to documenting the English spoken in Louisiana, especially New Orleans, as well.  This page features audio and video clips from different regions of Louisiana, showcasing French and English language and culture (French items subtitled/translated for non-French speakers!).

Fieldwork Photos



The best in erudite discussion
 of the paranormal...

The Bayou Website
Cajun culture and language down the
bayou and on Grand Isle, with sound files!

Tulane Department
of Anthropology

Tulane University

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