ERIC Number: ED332531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Some Aspects of Language Planning in Quebec and in Finland. Discussion Papers in Geolinguistics, 17.
Laporte, Pierre-Etienne; Maurais, Jacques
This report discusses and compares language planning and the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland and the English-speaking minority in Quebec. The report discusses four issues: historical minorities and the demographic dynamic; municipalities; the language of work; and other minority language groups. It is concluded that, despite numerous surface similarities, what clearly distinguishes Quebec from Finland is that, in Quebec, French has the characteristics of a minority language. French, unlike Finnish, does not establish itself as the language of work, and it has been necessary to pass a language law requiring children of new immigrants to go to French language schools. The competition exerted by English is very strong. What emerges most clearly from this comparison is the difference of the sociolinguistic dynamic of Quebec French and Finnish. French, the majority language, is sociologically a minority language in Quebec. (JL)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Demography, English, Finnish, Foreign Countries, French, Language Planning, Minority Groups, Sociolinguistics, Swedish, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Dept. of Geography and Recreation Studies, Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF, United Kingdom ($5.00, including postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke-on-Trent (England). Dept. of Geography and Recreation Studies.
Identifiers: Finland; Quebec