Language in Canada

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Canada is a country in which many languages intertwine. French and English are the original "charter" languages, but there is also a large number of aboriginal and immigrant varieties that contribute to the overall picture. This book provides a comprehensive look at all these languages, at how they came into contact—and sometimes conflict—and at the many ways in which they weave themselves through and around the Canadian social fabric. The broader issues of public policy, particularly educational policy and language are also given comprehensive coverage.

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" exceptionally well-detailed and well-documented overview of language issues in Canada...informative and interesting to read...accurate, honest, and immensely sensitive to the day-to-day Canadian situation. As a result, it is a wonderful compendium for national and international scholars, students, or even laypeople interested in the subject." Anthropological Linguistics

"This is a magnificent book. It will become a prominent item for anyone dealing with language in Canada." John D. Vries, CJS Online

"...this is a book full of fascinating information..." Monica Heller, Language in Society

"...this book nevertheless evinces a remarkable commonness of purpose and execution...[Edwards] has succeeded in putting together a work of significant value and interest." Canadian Journal of Linguistics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521565288
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2010
  • Pages: 524
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The foundations; 2. The fading Canadian duality; 3. Official bilingualism: from the 1960s to the 1990s; 4. Official multiculturalism; 5. Language in education: bridging educational policy and social psychological research; 6. Aboriginal languages:history; 7. Aboriginal languages: current status; 8. French: Canadian varieties; 9. French in Quebec; 10. French in New Brunswick; 11. French outside New Brunswick and Quebec; 12. English: Canadian varieties; 13. English Quebec; 14. The teaching of international languages; 15. French immersion in Canada; 16. Language in Newfoundland; 17. Language in Prince Edward Island; 18. Language in Nova Scotia; 19. Language in New Brunswick; 20. Language in Quebec: Aboriginal and heritage varieties; 21. Language in Ontario; 22. Language in Manitoba; 23. Language in Saskatchewan: Anglo-hegemony maintained; 24. Language in Alberta: unilingualism in practice; 25. Language in British Columbia; 26. Language in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory.

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