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ERIC Number: EJ846482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 6
Canadian English: Notions of Nationality and Language
Dressman, Michael R.
College Quarterly, v8 n1 Win 2005
It has been said that the difference between a dialect and a language is that a language has an international border and a flag. But that is not entirely true. Canada has a border, a flag, and two major languages, somewhat in the fashion of Belgium. Unlike Belgium, where they call the local varieties of French and Dutch "Walloon" and "Flemish," respectively, Canadians have not come up with new names for their languages to make them seem more their own. Although the major languages of Canada may have some differences from the languages of the United Kingdom and of France, in most polite circles the languages are known simply as English and French. The importance of the French and English conflict and coexistence is so pervasive that the Canadian census provides data on bilingualism only in terms of French and English. This article does not deal directly with Francophone/Anglophone issues, although it cannot ignore them completely. The author's focus is on the description and reputation of Canadian English in the scholarly, popular, and Internet sources that deal with the variety of English spoken in Canada, the native language of nearly two-thirds of the population.
Descriptors: Language Variation, Foreign Countries, French, Bilingualism, Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Spelling, Language Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Canada; France; United Kingdom