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Does contact between Quebec francophones and ‘English’ heighten or reduce insecurities about the Preservation of French?. Jack Jedwab Executive Director Association for Canadian Studies December 6, 2012. Introduction.

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Does contact between Quebec francophonesand ‘English’ heighten or reduce insecurities about the Preservation of French?

Jack Jedwab

Executive Director

Association for Canadian Studies

December 6, 2012

introduction
Introduction
  • Part of the rationale behind reinforcing Quebec language laws is the presumption that the English language is on the rise in Montreal. Anglicization, however defined, is the reason that language legislation needs reinforcing. Too much exposure too the English language will diminish the use of French and heighten existing insecurities felt by francophones. This widely held assumption is never really tested. That which follows offers insight into the impact that contact with either anglophones or consumption of English TV or film has on Quebec francophones feelings of insecurity about their first language. The findings reveal that insecurities are most deeply felt not by those francophones with the highest degree of contact with anglophones or with English culture but amongst those with little or no contact.
methodology
Methodology
  • The survey was conducted by the firm Leger Marketing for the Association for Canadian Studies via web panel over the weekend of November 9, 2012. The national survey included 2200 Canadians with some 656 Quebecers. The margin of error for an equivalent telephone survey on the basis of the national sample would be 2.9% 19 times out of 20.
contact with anglophones and cultural consumption in english
Contact with Anglophones and cultural consumption in English
  • When asked 42% of Quebec francophones report often having contact with anglophones, 32% occasionally, 18% rarely and 7% never
  • When asked 35% of Quebec francophones often “watch movies or TV shows” in English, 27% occasionally, 17% rarely and 20% never
francophone quebecers divided over whether they will lose their language
Francophone Quebecers Divided Over whether they will lose their Language
  • 47% of Quebec Francophones worry that they will lose their first language compared to 51% that aren’t worried (2% don’t know).
  • But Contact with English actually reduces insecurity
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Quebec francophones that often have contact with anglophones least likely to believe that they will lose their language
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Quebec Francophones that often watch English Language TV or Movies are the least worried about losing their first language