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Four varieties of French are spoken in Louisiana. These currently include Louisiana French (LF), Cajun French (CF), Standard French (SF), and Louisiana Creole (LC). Louisiana Creole is a member of the worldwide family of French Creole languages. It is the only French Creole language originating in North America.

Background

LC consists of various related dialects traditionally associated with different regions of the state. Today, it is spoken extensively along Bayou Teche, especially in the towns of St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge, Parks, and Cecilia. LC was once spoken across much of the southern half of Louisiana, northward along the Cane River, and beyond the state’s boundaries. It is currently an endangered language, despite efforts at maintenance and revival.

Origin of Louisiana Creole
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