Nathalie Dajko                           Ce website en français cadien:
Clips of Louisiana French
French in the Cane River Valley, Natchitoches Parish

Trawling in Pointe-aux-Chênes, Terrebonne Parish

Welcome to my page!  I'm a recent graduate and current professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where I study Louisiana French.

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 slave 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.  It is likely that French will disappear from Louisiana within the next 50 years.  This page features audio and video clips from different regions of Louisiana, showcasing French language and culture (subtitled for non-French speakers!).

Fieldwork Photos


Pioneers of Cajun Hip Hop

Pop Culture in Cajun French!

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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