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Cajun Vocabulation

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Publication date: December 2011
ISBN: 9781462001965
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With each generation and with each passing day, we grow closer to losing a key part of our nation's unique heritage-the Cajun French language. Unless a concerted effort is made to preserve the language, this rich and vibrant culture will soon be relegated to the back pages of history. Cajun Vocabulation is one such labor of love-one man's attempt to preserve the unique heritage of his South Louisiana home.

Cajun Vocabulation is a dictionary and pronunciation guide for one of the major dialects of Cajun French. Author Gordon J. Voisin interviewed more than one hundred native speakers in order to create this unique cultural artifact. He not only presents the basics of the language; he does so without sacrificing any of the zest and humor for which Cajuns are famous. The words are written phonetically, so even those with little knowledge of Cajun French will quickly learn to approximate its unique sound.

Engage with a vital and colorful part of American heritage with Cajun Vocabulation.

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Gordon J. Voisin's mission to preserve the Cajun-French language is inspiring. As English is increasingly becoming the lingua franca around the world more and more languages and dialects are dying out. People have become more mobile and more and more are moving out of the communities in which they grew up and so taking them away from the seat of those languages and the need to use it - and of course the need to pass it on to their own children. This book is a fascinating read. I know some French and in was interesting to see parts that were so like the French I learned in school, and other words that have evolved so much there remains little similarity with its roots. I particularly enjoyed the phonetic spellings of the words. It isn't going to make me fluent in Cajun, but Voisin's dedication to its preservation will hopefully encourage those with some knowledge to carry it on for the benefit of future generations.
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