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Tag: Francophonie

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The Miami Herald
Love Song to the Francophone World

March is nearing its end and with it, le Mois de la Francophonie — Francophone Month. For the occasion, the consuls of France, Canada and Haïti in Florida wrote a love song to the French language and its 274 millions speakers. Read more in The Miami Herald.

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Fiddles, French, and the Quest to Save a Forgotten Dialect

Dennis Stroughmatt didn’t like French at school. Despite this fact, the American musician and historian has become the sole guardian of a quickly-vanishing French dialect from Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Today he is fighting to keep Illinois French alive by teaching seminars and playing concerts throughout the United States. France-Amérique: How did you come upon “Illinois French”? Dennis Stroughmatt: I...

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Maine Public
African Migrants Revive French Speaking in Maine

Migrants from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda are driving a French-speaking resurgence in Maine. Read more on Maine Public.

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The Musical Revival of Cajun French

Cajun French was forbidden in Louisiana until 1964. This dialect is a blend of French, English, Spanish and Caribbean influences, and is now being revived through the music of the Lost Bayou Ramblers. The band’s singer and violinist, Louis Michot, talked to us about his commitment to save Louisiana’s Cajun culture. France-Amérique: How did Cajun French arrive in Louisiana? Louis...

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French Dialects Fight for Survival in the United States

Integration and the law forced Francophones in the United States to abandon their language in the early 20th century, and language enthusiasts are now fighting for its survival. Paw Paw was a dialect spoken by the first French settlers to colonize the Midwest, and is being kept alive in classes taught by a young American linguist in Missouri. Other French...