Language Attitudes in Quebec: A Contemporary Perspective

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Author/collaborator
Title
Language Attitudes in Quebec: A Contemporary Perspective
Abstract
The author investigates the attitudes that Anglophone, Francophone and Allophone Montrealers hold towards French compared to English – particularly in terms of the two main dimensions of language attitudes - status and solidarity. Her study was conducted amongst 147 college students. The author concludes that her findings indicate that all mother tongue groups attribute more status to English than to French. This is most likely a result of the utilitarian value English holds as the global lingua franca of our time. Her results pertaining to the solidarity dimension are more complex. It appears that attitudes on this dimension might be determined by different forms of identity, some of which are unique to the Quebec context (such as self-identifications as Canadians versus Quebecers, or as Montrealers versus Quebecers) and others that are more global (such as an international youth identity expressed with the help of English).
Type
PhD dissertation
University
Queen Mary, University of London
Place
London, UK
Date
2010
Language
en
Citation
Kircher, Ruth. “Language Attitudes in Quebec: A Contemporary Perspective.” PhD dissertation, Queen Mary, University of London, 2010.
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