ERIC Number: ED125240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Aspects de l'Assimilation Linguistique dans une Communaute Francophone de l'Ontario (Aspects of Linguistic Assimilation in a French-Speaking Community of Ontario). Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 5.
Mougeon, R.; Hebrard, P.
This report is the result of a sociolinguistic survey of the French-speaking minority of Welland, Ontario, most of which is bilingual. Interviews were carried out and taped in French with sixty French-speaking adults. Two series of closed questions and one series of open questions were asked, the former yielding detailed data concerning the linguistic aptitude and linguistic habits of the person interviewed. Results indicate that the subjects' linguistic aptitudes and habits are influenced by four principal variables: age, sex, social rank, and language or habit considered. Given the variation of linguistic aptitudes and habits according to age, predictions can be made concerning the evolution and preservation of French. The open questions yielded a significant linguistic corpus which should make possible a detailed analysis of spoken French in Welland. English elements in the subjects' French are also reported in relation to the four above-mentioned variables. A sample questionnaire is appended. (Text is in French.) (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Bilingualism, English (Second Language), French, Language of Instruction, Language Research, Language Variation, Minority Groups, Second Languages, Social Dialects, Social Influences, Sociolinguistics, Speech Habits, Surveys
Bilingual Education Project, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 (as long as supply lasts)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.
Identifiers - Location: Canada