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Meet Adrien

Adrien's Background

Adrien Guillory-Chatman (Adriyènn) çé in métrès é li té in administratœr pou in lékòl katolik. Li té né a Lafayèt é té élvé a Shikago. Kan li té in piti, Adriyènn té toujou gin moun alentour apé parlé kouri-vini é françé. En 2013, Adriyènn komensé sô shmin pou réklamé kouri-vini. Ojoddi, li gin in pasyon pou édé dòt moun réklamé langaj a yê lèritaj, éspésyalmen famiy-yé ki rès dan djaspora Lalwizyan. Adriyènn èd avèk latab kouri-vini a Shikago é avèk diféren laplas latwal. Adriyènn té fé in jou o kat pou famiy k’ap aprenn kouri-vini, li té organizé léçon-yé pou kouri-vini enho Memrise, é kontribyé a déziyinm édisyon Ti Liv Kréyòl: A Learner’s Guide to Louisiana Creole é a liv Ô Malheureuse: French Writings by Louisiana Women. Astœr, Adriyènn apé fé in plas latwal pou piti-yé k’olé aprenn kréyòl. Adrien Guillory-Chatman is an educator and former Catholic school administrator who was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. Although she was raised in Chicago, Kouri-Vini and French were spoken in her home and by others in the community. In 2013, Adrien began her journey in reclaiming Kouri-Vini. Today, she has a passion to help others reclaim their heritage language, especially families who live in the Louisiana Creole diaspora. Adrien organized lessons for Kouri-Vini on Memrise, coordinates Kouri-Vini practice tables in Chicago, and contributed to the second edition of Ti Liv Kréyòl: A Learner’s Guide to Louisiana Creole and to the book Ô Malheureuse: French Writings by Louisiana Women. In addition, she created a set of Kouri-Vini family card games, and she is currently planning a website for kids and their families who want to learn Creole.

Other Projects

Wikitongues gives annual grants, training, and in-kind support to new mother-tongue projects. Meet the rest of the Language Revitalization Accelerator's 2022 cohort.

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Kouri-Vini (Louisiana Creole) language

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Tegñusô Dogon language

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Shehret and Hobyot languages

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Taivoan language

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Yucatec Maya language

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Joanne Gallagher

Scots language

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Polly Hyslop

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Momen Talosh

Nubian language

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Julia Mainzinger

Mvskoke (Creek) language

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Sylvia Tkac

Anindilyakwa language

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Tulsi Rajbaar

Raji language

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Heather Lgeik’i Powell

Tlingit language

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Tiöma fum Dökter

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