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Cajun Pronuciations

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:41 pm
by hsargent
The French settled in Louisiana in the early 1800's. The origin of the settlers was Arcadian-Canadians I believe.

This is background for my question. We have a not-well educated friend from Louisiana and she pronounces oil as EARL. She pronounces point as PRUNT. I'm sure there are more.

The question, is there a French language background that would explain the "OI" to be pronounced "RU"?

She says this pronunciation is based on her family's speech.

Re: Cajun Pronuciations

Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 3:47 am
by trolley
That R pops up a fair bit (where you wouldn't expect it) in rural USA accents. I don't think it's Cajun. It's more widespread than that.

Re: Cajun Pronuciations

Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 6:06 pm
by hsargent
It may be an equilibrium effect.....All those lost R's in Boston!

Re: Cajun Pronuciations

Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 10:06 pm
by trolley
...and turning up in people's warshing machines and terlets