Gold, Gerald L.. Language and ethnic identity in south Louisiana: implications of data from Mamou Prairie

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Language and ethnic identity in south Louisiana: implications of data from Mamou Prairie

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph The Quebec and Acadian diaspora in North America, edited by Raymond Breton and Pierre Savard

Published By: Original publisher The Quebec and Acadian diaspora in North America, edited by Raymond Breton and Pierre Savard Toronto, Ont.: The Multicultural History Society of Ontario. 1982. 39-64 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Gerald L. Gold

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Cajuns (NO12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Sociocultural trends (178); Cultural identity and pride (186); Language (190); Settlement patterns (361); Occupational specialization (463);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an analysis of French language use in a single sub-region of Louisiana -- Mamou Prairie. A basic finding of the research indicates that language and ethnic identity in Mamou Prairie are more closely tied to regional changes in occupational structure and the prevailing economy than to state-wide or national changes affecting all of 'French Louisiana.' Gold points out, however, that neither local nor national influences have affected the use of the French language in Mamou Prairie in a linear or uniform manner. Technological change, public education in the English language, and television, all have negative effects on the generational transmission of French, but assimilation rates, based on census data generalizations, and exogamy are not sufficient by themselves to account for the tenacity of French within certain sectors of the population, or for that matter in shifts that are made in language use within the life-cycles of individuals (p. 40).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 14

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. no12-014

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1975-1980 (p.61)

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle, 1993

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Mamou Prairie, Louisiana, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Cajuns


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