ERIC Number: ED334819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
English Language Business Issues in a French-Speaking Environment: The Case of Quebec.
Tamilia, Robert D.
This report demonstrates the extent to which Quebec's laws, especially the Charter of the French Language, meant to protect and promote the French language, are actually hurting the present and future use of the English language in that province. It is shown that, through court decisions, individual users of English, a minority, are being denied their civil liberty of freedom of expression in order to protect the collective welfare of the French majority in this portion of Canada. Numerous examples are cited in which the use of English is prohibited, and in some cases one English word or expression can be considered illegal. Intolerance for English is illustrated in laws whose clear intent is to reduce its visibility and presence in the province, in the extreme efforts taken to enforce those laws, and in francophones' public condemnation of English-speakers' use of their native language. Perceived consequences of restricting English, accepted throughout the world as the language of business, for the benefit of this regional minority include increased bilingualism among allophones and anglophones, increased unilingualism among francophones, and potential withdrawal from the Canadian-U.S. alliance. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Charter of the French Language (Quebec); Quebec
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (9th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 5-7, 1990).