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ERIC Number: ED044691
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For a Study of Diglossia in French Canada.
Spilka, Irene V.
This paper defines diglossia as "a situation in which two closely related language systems enjoy differing social status, one being the 'high' and the other the 'low' language," and then attempts to show how a study of diglossia in Canada, where such a diglossic situation is seen to exist among varieties of French, might be carried out. The following information is considered necessary for a complete description of diglossia: (1) a description of the two language systems involved; (2) an account of the type and degree of contact between them; (3) a description of the social organization of the community as it affects language use. Two approaches to dealing with such situations are then discussed: William A. Stewart's "language types" and "language functions" (1966), and Roman Jakobson's six basic language functions (1963); the author attempts to show how these two differing approaches might be combined for the purpose of studying the diglossic situation in French Canada. (FWB)
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Identifiers: Canada