Monolingualism and Bilingualism: Lessons from Canada and by Sue Wright

By Sue Wright

There's a want on the middle of linguistic theorizing to take account of bi- and multilingual views. within the box of language making plans, problems with bilingualism are usually perceived via monolingual filters and resolved by way of monolingual responses. during this quantity, problems with monolingualism, multilingualism and identification are addressed without delay in reports of Canada and Spain.

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Bourassa and his Liberal Party were, in early 1993, reconsidering their 1988 legislation (Bill 178) which required all outside commercial signs to be in French onlytheir application of the famous 'notwithstanding' clause (see Edwards, in press-a) had a five-year term, a term ending on 22 December 1993. A survey conducted by the Centre de recherches sur l'opinion publique (CROP) now showed that 68% of Quebeckers (and, more importantly, 64% of francophone Quebeckers) were in favour of easing the restriction and of permitting bilingual signs.

ISBN 1-85359-354-0 (hbk) Multilingual Matters Ltd UK: Frankfurt Lodge, Clevedon Hall, Victoria Road, Clevedon, Avon BS21 7SJ. USA: 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007, USA. O. Box 6025, 95 Gilles Street, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. Copyright © 1996 Sue Wright and the authors of individual articles. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher. Printed and bound in Great Britain by Short Run Press.

Stéphane Dion, however, a political scientist at the University of Montreal, argued that as the deadline (the referendum) approached, support for separatism would decline. Quebeckers were currently able, as in the past, to think of sovereignty as a form of autonomy within Canada; but, the realisation that this option is no longer on offer from the PQ would increasingly weaken resolve to make the ultimate act of severance. Indeed, Dion claimed that harping on sovereignty might be costly for the PQ in the provincial election itself.

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