Amanda Lafleur

Amanda LaFleur was born in Ville Platte in 1957. Her career spreads over more than thirty years during which she taught in elementary and secondary schools but also at a university level. Active in promoting the Louisiana Francophonie since 1970, LaFleur hosted French-speaking programs on the radio, TV and theater. She is a pioneer in the French-language and ancestral culture integration but also in the teaching of French by leading various workshops on the subject for teachers. Author of Tonnerre mes chiens: A Glossary of Louisiana French Figures of Speech and co-author of The Dictionary of Louisiana French: As spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indian Communities, she is also co-director with Tom Klingler of the Louisiana section of the Base de données lexicographiques panfrancophone (, an international-scale project showcasing the lexical variations of the French language around the world. Since 1998, she is in charge of the cadienne study at the Louisiane State University.