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2009-10-23

Frenchville, PA: a distinct dialect of North American French

This is not about Quebec or Acadia, but this is where my North American French stuff goes, so: in reading a book on Prince Edward Island French,

King, Ruth. 2000. The Lexical Basis of Grammatical Borrowing: A Prince Edward Island French Case Study . Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
—I've come across a mention of Frenchville, PA, settled in the 1840s, which appears to have retained a distinct dialect of French into the 1960s.

As Ruth King says, there have been no studies on it apart from a glancing mention in a 1973 dialect survey; and Wikipedia does not even know Frenchville exists (it's now part of Covington Township, Clearfield County).

At any rate, I've now added a paragraph on Frenchville to Wikipedia's French language in the United States article. Frank Merat, an Electrical Engineering professor from Frenchville, has the most material online on the village. And I haven't sighted Haden's 1973 survey, although I don't think it'd say all that much.

I assume it's safe to go to Frenchville without a shotgun nowadays...

1 comment:

opoudjis said...

Found a linguist working on Frenchville: Barbara Bullock at Penn State.

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