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Dialect no debate for Acadian musicians

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The three members of Radio Radio grew up in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, speaking Chiac. 

(That's Acadian French with English and old French words and expressions mixed in.)

The band is now based in Montreal, but they continue to write catchy songs in Chiac, which are for the most part, well received. 

They won the 2012 ADISQ Award for Hip Hop Album of the Year, and are nominated in the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards in the Best Reason to Learn French category. (You can vote in the Bucky Awards -- click here.)

But not everyone is celebrating.

A Le Devoir journalist called Chiac a "sub-language" and a Radio-Canada show followed up by debating the question: "Is Chiac English in Disguise?"

Two members of Radio Radio joined Jeanette in studio to tell us what they think of all this fuss. 

Listen to Jeanette's interview with Gabriel Malenfant and Jacques Doucet: 

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As an aside: France Daigle's Pour Sûr -- a novel that celebrates Chiac -- recently won the Governor General's prize for French-language fiction.  

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