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The Canadian-Quebec French Language Landscape
Population of Canada: 33,212,696 (July 2008 est.)
Language: Canadian French – Quebec French
Internet country code: .ca
Internet users: 22 million (2005)
Quebec French (le franšais québécois, le français du Québec), or less often Québécois French, is the predominant of the varieties of the French language in Canada, in its formal and informal registers. Quebec French is used in everyday communication, as well as in education, the media, and government.
Canadian French is a frequently used umbrella term for the varieties of French used in Canada including Quebec French. It was formerly used to refer solely to Quebec French and the closely related varieties of Ontario and Western Canada, but is no longer usually felt to exclude Acadian French.
The pejorative term joual is occasionally used to refer to a variety of Quebec French associated with the working class of the Montreal area and characterized by features that exacerbate basilectal speech tendencies (notably exacerbated laxness in vowels and deviant adoption of anglicisms). Montreal intellectuals though extend the use of joual to any variety of French regarded as incorrect. It should be noted in this context that even the most acrolectal varieties of Quebec French, when confronted to European French, do not enjoy the prestige that American English commands when confronted to British English even though European French is not spoken natively anywhere in Quebec.
Sources: CIA World Factbook and Wikipedia – Content available under GNU Free Documentation License Related Article: The Global Language Landscape – Languages in Use on the Internet
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