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18:00 - 19:30 27 October 2014

National identity and language attitudes amongst migrants in Montreal


Seminar Room 105 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Ruth Kircher, Lecturer in Language Studies, Liverpool Hope University

Quebec is Canada’s only province with a francophone majority, and French there thus faces the challenge of English not only as the global lingua franca but also as the language of upward mobility in the country at large. It is generally assumed that the future of French in Quebec will be determined in the province’s urban centre, Montreal, which is home not only to many francophones but also to significant communities of anglophones and allophones – people whose mother tongue is neither English nor French.

Montreal’s allophones constitute a highly heterogeneous group that comprises immigrants of different generations, individuals from diverse countries of origin and numerous ethnicities, and speakers of a vast variety of mother tongues. Due to the declining francophone birth rate, the integration of these allophones and their descendants into the francophone linguistic community has become strategically important as a means of ensuring the future of the French language in Quebec.


Oscar Martinez
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