A Comparative Study of Quebec English-Speaking and Franco-Ontarian Postsecondary Students' Linguistic Identity, Boundary Work and Social Status

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A Comparative Study of Quebec English-Speaking and Franco-Ontarian Postsecondary Students' Linguistic Identity, Boundary Work and Social Status
Abstract
Francophones outside of Quebec and Quebec Anglophones are official language minorities with rights enshrined in the 1985 revised federal Official Languages Act. Their postsecondary experiences are less studied than their elementary and high school pathways. The author summarizes the results of a study about the beliefs, attitudes and thoughts of Franco-Ontarian and Quebec English-speaking postsecondary students about their linguistic identity, culture, their education, and the role of bilingualism in their lives. In order to do so, interviews were completed in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto with CEGEP, college and university students or recent graduates between January and June 2014, with a total of thirty-six participants. The results indicate that historical linguistic conflicts and the contemporary political context influence the responses of each group. The interviews also reveal that Quebec English-speaking participants want to be fully accepted as Quebecers while Franco-Ontarian participants worry for the future of their communities.
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PhD dissertation
University
McMaster University
Place
Hamilton, ON
Date
2016
Language
en
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Jean-Pierre, Johanne. “A Comparative Study of Quebec English-Speaking and Franco-Ontarian Postsecondary Students’ Linguistic Identity, Boundary Work and Social Status.” PhD dissertation, McMaster University, 2016. https://macsphere.mcmaster.ca/bitstream/11375/20118/2/Jean-Pierre_Johanne_JJJP_2016August_PHD.pdf.
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