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Old 10-31-2016, 08:39 AM
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Drove to New Orleans last weekend and stopped Sonic in Sulphur for dinner. No one who worked there seemed to have a particularly heavy accent, but it Cajun or just more standard southern. I was just curious if that was pretty normal for the area.
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Old 10-31-2016, 09:07 AM
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There's more of an accent around Lafayette and points south.
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Old 10-31-2016, 11:57 AM
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I would agree with Annie. Sulphur accents to me seem more southern than Cajun. This could be the result of earlier migrants moving in from the north Louisiana.

Historically, it they need not have come from that far north. The Cajun influence in Louisiana is like a bell curve. It is low at the east and west extremes, but rises high in the middle. The parishes north of Sulphur were historically Anglophone. Likewise, the oil industry probably brought in a lot of Texans from the Beaumont area. The east Texas accent in particular is close to southern.

Even still, fully Cajun accented areas are not that far away. For example, Lake Charles is more strongly Cajun and I noticed the local accent replaced "th" with "d" as there apparently is no "th" sound in French.
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:06 AM
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I grew up 35 miles West of Lake Charles on the Tx side. I am pretty familiar with Lake Charles, too. There are lots of Cajuns in the area, but they are scattered about. So yeah it is mostly Southern, but Cajuns are not hard to find. Lots of people that sound like Coach Eaux. Groves Tx seems to have a large concentration. Growing up, we had neighbors that spoke mostly French to each other.
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Old 11-01-2016, 03:20 PM
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Sonic may not be your best barometer for this. If you had stopped to eat in a Cajun restaurant, things might have sounded different.
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Old 11-01-2016, 06:01 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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It's Cajun but not as much as Lafayette. However, head Southeast to Hayes/Lake Arthur/Creole and it's as Cajun as can be.

Hackberry used to be a small Cajun town but now it has a giant man camp so it doesn't resemble what it did in any way, shape, or form.
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