Official Language Populations in Canada: Patterns and Contacts

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Official Language Populations in Canada: Patterns and Contacts
The author points out in Chapter 2 of this book ("Process and Pattern in the Evolution of Zones of Contact Between Anglophones and Francophones in the Province of Quebec") that the historic settlement patterns in the province after 1763 did not lead to the integration of Francophones and Anglophones, but rather led to cultural division. He argues that in this situation, it was generally the Francophones who accommodated the Anglophones for required social and vocational interaction. During the 1970s two laws were passed that were designed to protect the French language from this erosive process. He argues that it can be demonstrated through census data analyses and field research that the pattern of language usage among the young Anglophones is now altering in favour of French. Younger Anglophones have greater ability to speak French and use it more frequently at work and among friends than do older Anglophones. Their capabilities for and attitudes toward greater participation within Quebec society and the interaction with Francophones have increased and improved. The author claims that the cultural zone of transition between French and English‐speaking areas appears to be integrating, provided large numbers of young Anglophone Quebecers do not emigrate.
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Cartwright, Donald G. Official Language Populations in Canada: Patterns and Contacts. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1980.
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