How pluricentric is the French language? An investigation of attitudes towards Quebec French compared to European French1

  title={How pluricentric is the French language? An investigation of attitudes towards Quebec French compared to European French1},
  author={Ruth Kircher},
ABSTRACT This paper presents the results of a study that employed a questionnaire and a matched-guise experiment to investigate the attitudes that Quebec francophones, anglophones, French-English bilinguals and allophones hold towards Quebec French compared to European French. The findings indicate that attitudes towards Quebec French on the solidarity dimension have improved since the 1980s, while attitudes on the status dimension have remained the same. These findings are interpreted in the… 

Thirty Years after Bill 101: A Contemporary Perspective on Attitudes Towards English and French in Montreal.

Abstract This paper presents a 2007 study that was conducted amongst 147 young anglophone, francophone and allophone Montrealers in order to shed light on their attitudes towards English and French

Hierarchies of Authenticity in Study Abroad: French From Canada Versus French From France?

Abstract For many decades, Francophone regions in Canada have provided language study exchanges for French as a second language (FSL) learners within their own country. At the same time, FSL students

Second Language Learners’ Attitudes Toward French Varieties: The Roles of Learning Experience and Social Networks

People often believe that certain language varieties are more prestigious than others (e.g., Kircher, 2014; Zhang & Hu, 2008), which can cause speech from perceived substandard varieties to trigger

‘Il parle normal, il parle comme nous’: self-reported usage and attitudes in a banlieue

ABSTRACT We report on a survey of language attitudes carried out as part of a project comparing youth language in Paris and London.1 As in similar studies carried out in London (Cheshire et al.,

Intergenerational language transmission in Quebec: patterns and predictors in the light of provincial language planning

  • R. Kircher
  • Linguistics
    International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
  • 2019
ABSTRACT The study presented here is the first empirical investigation of the patterns and predictors of the intergenerational transmission of French in Quebec. An online questionnaire was used to


The current study examined the relationships between the appreciation, perception, and production of Québec French (QF) speech patterns by 58 Spanish speakers of French as a second language (L2).


This paper shows common extralinguistic factors influencing conservatism and purism in languages of Northern Europe (Nordic, Baltic, Finnic). Users’ motivation, environment, culture, history and

Emotivity in the Voice: Prosodic, Lexical, and Cultural Appraisal of Complaining Speech

What characterizes a complaint is how it is said (i.e., the tone of voice), more than what it is about or who produces it, which emphasizes the central importance of prosody in expressive speech acts such as complaints, which are designed to strengthen social bonds and supportive responses in interactive behavior.

Variation sociophonétique dialectale et stylistique : quelle est la langue cible en français langue seconde à Montréal ?1

La variété de français parlée dans l’Hexagone a été par le passé considérée comme un modèle de « bon français », tandis que la variété québécoise s’est trouvée dépeinte de façon moins prestigieuse.



Change and Stability in Intergroup Perceptions

The purpose of this study was to examine whether language-based stereotypes of English and French Canadians have changed or remained stable following a period of considerable sociopolitical change in

Language Policies and Language Attitudes: Le Monde de la Francophonie

Attitudes towards the French language in ‘le monde de la francophonie’ have been deeply influenced by language policies developed in France since the seventeenth century. Through vigorous and

French in Canada: Language Issues

This book analyses comprehensively the complex linguistic situation in Canada focusing particularly on the position of the French language at both national and provincial levels. Language issues in

Language Attitudes in San Sebastian: The Basque Vernacular as Challenge to Spanish Language Hegemony

This paper examines the effects of Basque- versus Spanish-language schooling on the language attitudes of secondary school students in San Sebastian, in the Basque Autonomous Community (BAC) of

Language and national identity

This book re-examines the relationship between language and national identity. Unlike many previous studies, it employs a comparative approach: France and Sweden have been chosen as case studies both

Evaluational reactions to spoken languages.

Regarding language as an identifying feature of a national or cultural group, English and French students were asked to evaluate English-speaking and French-speaking speakers. Bilinguists were used


Recent psycholinguistic research makes it increasingly evident that a person's speech style is a socially significant cue that others use in making inferences about a speaker's ethnicity, social

The Reconquest of Montreal: Language Policy and Social Change in a Bilingual City

A Note on Vocabulary Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Note to the Paperback Edition Map of Montreal 1. Introduction 2. An English City: Montreal before the Quiet Revolution Urban Growth and

Language and National Identity: Comparing France and Sweden

1. Preface 2. Acknowledgements 3. 1. Introduction 4. 2. Basic concepts 5. 3. Theoretical framework 6. 4. Language and national identity: A general perspective 7. 5. Language and national identity in

Motivational variables in second-language acquisition.

The writer is grateful to Dr. T. McIlhone, Associate General Director in Charge of English Classes of the Montreal Catholic School Board, for his kind cooperation in making subjects available, and to the Principals and French teachers of each high school for their assistance and cooperation during the testing programs.