An Ethno-Telephonic Survey of French Louisiana.

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      This article presents an ethno-telephonic survey of French Louisiana. The Louisiana French, with distinctive language and culture, number more than half a million whites and additional thousands of African Americans. Surprisingly, the significant culture region of French Louisiana does not appear to have been delimited in detail upon a map hitherto. In the belief that the occurrence of French names would be a valid basis for mapping the distribution of the Louisiana French, the author made a regional analysis of names in the telephone directories of 1939. Directories were assembled from 115 Louisiana and 6 nearby Texas communities, including all exchanges of the regular Bell system of Louisiana and 18 exchanges of local telephone companies.