Article published in:Challenging Clitics
Edited by Christine Meklenborg Salvesen and Hans Petter Helland
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 206] 2013
► pp. 187–208
Pronominal markers in Cajun French
This article examines subject and object pronominal markers in Cajun French, a mainly oral variety of French spoken in Southwestern Louisiana. The data show that although Cajun shares a certain amount of features with other colloquial and dialectal French varieties, it cannot be analyzed along quite the same lines. I will show that it has come further than these varieties in the grammaticalization process of its pronominal markers towards affixal agreement markers, and that they are even in the process of being reduced to nothing and replaced by strong forms.
Published online: 27 June 2013