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Acadian language to be focus of West Pubnico event June 19

The cover of the Acadian dictionary that has been updated.
The cover of the Acadian dictionary that has been updated. - Submitted

Author will speak at Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos at 2 p.m.

Almost 20 years after its first edition, a dictionary of Acadian French is out in an updated edition, and the man who put it together will speak about it in West Pubnico Tuesday, June 19.

Yves Cormier is scheduled to make a presentation that day at 2 p.m. at the Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos.

He is slated to speak an hour or so and his talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Those attending the event will have a chance to buy the book – Dictionnaire du français acadien – at the museum that day for $35. After June 19, the 624-page book will be for sale in the museum’s gift shop for $40.

A Moncton native, Cormier has a PhD in French studies. His academic career included teaching positions at Université Sainte-Anne, Université de Moncton and Campbellton Community College. He is now retired.

He also has written a number of books, including a couple of youth novels.

A media release about the June 19 event in West Pubnico speaks of the uniqueness of the Acadian language, which is “particular,” the release says. “Because of the deportation of the 18th century and the isolation that followed, only a small percentage (20 per cent) of the words are known to all Acadian regions. Acadian words have evolved more in some regions and are unique to these regions, such as the Argyle region.”

This area of southwestern Nova Scotia – also known as Par-en-Bas – has a special connection with Louisiana, the Acadian museum says in its release.

“These two regions (Argyle and Louisiana) share several dozen words that are not found in any other Acadian region,” the museum says. “During the presentation (on June 19) we will talk about these old words.”

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