Language policies and attitudes in Quebec
Date du début: 1 sept. 2013,
Date de fin: 31 août 2015
This application is for a year's worth of fieldwork in Montreal, Canada. The project is part of the applicant’s larger post-doctoral research, which investigates the interaction between official language policies and their impact on language use at the grassroots in three political entities: Singapore, Wales, and Quebec. The three locations feature different types of top-down language policies and planning, with various different languages involved in the process, English being the common player. Thus, officially quadrilingual Singapore has extensively promoted English, whereas Wales has a much more laissez-faire attitude to the language, and Quebec has taken far-reaching steps to limit its use. The research on Singapore and Wales is well underway, but the Quebec component requires detailed on-site fieldwork. The proposed project will see data collection in the realms of public displays of linguistic practice (so-called 'linguistic landscaping'), of language attitudes, and, using standard sociolinguistic methodology, of actual language use in practice. A physical presence in the province is required to obtain an in-depth picture of these elements; the city of Montreal being particularly well-suited due to its high proportion of Anglophone residents, who are the primary source of informants. The results from this project will not only inform current trends in policy perception, but also contribute to a comparative approach to the issue of language policy and language attitudes, an approach that has so far been lacking.
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