Louisiana French is in decline. One million people spoke it in 1968, now only 150k-200k speak it.
Women are responsible for 90% of modern language changes, with teenage girls historically having been the linguistic innovators.
Louisiana has its own version of French called “Creole French” which only 70’000 people can speak. It varies so much from standard French that native French speakers cannot understand it.
In 1923 the State of Illinois passed an act declaring “American” (as opposed to “English”) to be the state’s official language. The act was proposed by Senator Frank J. Ryan of Chicago who was “fed up” with American being called English. Ryan, in turn, got the idea from Montana Congressman Washington McCormick, who had tried, but failed, to get American designated as the national language. In 1969 the Illinois legislature revised the statute to make English, not American, the official state language.
A man memorized the French dictionary to win the French Scrabble Championship, he does not speak French.
A 21-year old Sacramento college student boarded the wrong plane in Los Angeles and found himself en route to Aukland, New Zealand instead of Oakland, CA. The accents of the airline staff resulted in the word “Aukland” being pronounced as “Oakland” which confused the flyer.
Multilinguals who speak two or more languages change their personality when they change language.
Some languages have a distinct style of speech that is only used when the speaker is in the presence of their mother in law, called “avoidance speech”.
English words for livestock (cow, sheep, chicken) are Germanic-based and the words for meats (beef, mutton, poultry) are French-based. This is because the people who raised the animals were Anglo-Saxon peasants and the people who ate them were Norman aristocrats.
A woman spent 12 years in a Kansas mental institution against her will after being diagnosed as a schizophrenic because they assumed she was mentally ill and speaking gibberish. She was really Tarahumara Indian from Mexico who spoke a rare dialect.
In 1999, a Slovak linguist created language “Slovio”, simplified Slavic language, as simple as Esperanto but understood by some 400 million Slavs around the world.