ERIC Number: ED201181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Le francais parle: analyse des attitudes des adolescents de la ville de Quebec selon les classes sociales (Spoken French: An Analysis of the Attitudes of Adolescents in Quebec City according to Social Class).
This is a report on a study of the attitudes of French-speaking young people, aged 10 to 17 years, toward French as it is spoken in two sectors of Quebec City. One sector, Sainte-Foy, is mainly upper middle class; the other, Saint-Sauveur, is economically and socially disadvantaged. The research was carried out on the basis of work in French and American sociolinguistics, and all the young people were interviewed both formally and informally over a period of several months. The body of the report is given in four chapters covering the following material: (1) discussion of American and French sociolinguistics, explanation of the project, the research methodology and method of analysis, levels of language and style, analysis of spoken language, and a note on "Joual"; (2) language as a communication tool and as a social marker, including a discussion of linguistic and extralinguistic variables, four styles of spoken French, and what it means to belong to a linguistic community; (3) the relationship between language and social-economic class, attitudes toward language as spoken at school, class consciousness, and linguistic "habitus" versus linguistic community; and (4) variation in attitudes toward the French language in the two sectors studied. The individual questionnaires given to pre-adolescents and adolescents are appended. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.
Identifiers: French Speaking; Quebec (Quebec)