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

@inproceedings{Kircher2012HowPI,
  title={How pluricentric is the French language? An investigation of attitudes towards Quebec French compared to European French1},
  author={Ruth Kircher},
  year={2012}
}
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… 

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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.