Linguistic Anthropology

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Canada's Language Policies: From The Horse's Mouth?

Random House | Books | Sorry, I Don't Speak French by Graham Fraser
Graham Fraser looks at the intentions, the hopes, the fears, the record, the myths, and the unexpected reality of a country that is still grappling with the language challenge that has shaped its history.
Fraser is Canada's Commissioner of Official Languages. The book was apparently published at pretty much the same time as he took office. Haven't read this book yet but it was mentioned by a friend (whose main languages are Quebec French and LSQ (Quebec Sign Language)), in an informal discussion about Montreal's current sociolinguistic situation.
As is often the case, the French edition's blurb is quite different in tone. No idea if Serge Paquin's translation of Fraser's book into French is very faithful to the English original.