Language in Canada provides an up-to-date account of the linguistic and cultural situation in Canada, primarily from a sociolinguistic perspective. The strong central theme connecting language with group and identity will offer insights into the current linguistic and cultural tension in Canada. The book provides comprehensive accounts of the original 'charter' languages, French and English, as well as the aboriginal and immigrant varieties which now contribute to the overall picture. It explains how they came into contact - and sometimes into conflict - and looks at the many ways in which they weave themselves through and around the Canadian social fabric. The public policy issues, particularly official bilingualism and educational policy and language, are also given extensive coverage. Non-specialists as well as linguists will find in this volume, a companion to Language in Australia, Language in the USA and Language in the British Isles, an indispensable guide and reference to the linguistic heritage of Canada.
• Up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of the Canadian linguistic and cultural scene • Stresses the links between languages and other important aspects of social life • Broad and prestigious group of authors
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.