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Title: How pluricentric is the French language? An investigation of attitudes towards Quebec French compared to European French
Author: Ruth Kircher
Institution: University of Birmingham
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: This paper presents the results of a study that employed a questionnaire and a matched-guise experiment to investigate the attitudes that Quebec francophones, anglophones, French-English bilinguals and allophones hold towards Quebec French compared to European French. The findings indicate that attitudes towards Quebec French on the solidarity dimension have improved since the 1980s, while attitudes on the status dimension have remained the same. These findings are interpreted in the context of the burgeoning of Quebecers’ sense of belonging to their society on the one hand, and the tradition of viewing French as a monocentric rather than a pluricentric language on the other hand.

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This article appears IN Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 22, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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