“Do You Speak American?” is the title of a wonderful essay by Dr. Megan E. Melancon on the PBS website. My title is a bit snarky, suggesting that it’s quite obvious that Cajuns speak English differently, but how it’s different is the subject of the essay. It does help to understand things like “voiceless and voiced alveolar stops” but not necessary. Dr. Melancon, a Cajun by birth, is currently Assistant Professor of English, Speech, and Journalism at Georgia College & State University. The video clip is from a PBS series called American Varieties, about how English is spoken in the United States. The date on the page is 2005, and the additional resources are rather out of date, but this is still an interesting read.
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