Canadian Languages Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of Canadian official bilingual policy and other multi-lingual factors at work in Canada.
# 150912 | 2,059 words | 9 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 02, 2012 in Canadian Studies (Misc.) , Canadian Studies (Biculturalism)

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This paper examines how Canada's language development has been somewhat unique in its extended history of two competing European languages that have also forced out indigenous languages in their process of establishing dominance. It looks at how the increased awareness of linguistic heritage that the competition of the two European languages brought to Canadian politics and to the public seems to have benefited the indigenous people at least to some degree, as language preservation methods here have been more effective than in certain other countries in the Americas.

Historical and Current Linguistic Factors
Official Language and Social Prestige in Speaking and Writing
Language Use in Schools and Language Planning
Nationalism and Language

From the Paper:

"The French/English language issue has been raging since Europeans first arrived in Canada, but a more recent development in the country's language differences is the increase in international migration that has brought a host of people to the country who speak neither English nor French as a native language, let alone one of the indigenous languages. Many first-generation Canadians still learn another heritage language (Chinese, German, etc.) as their mother tongue, with English and/or French being acquired as second or third languages (Harrison 2000). Surprisingly, subseuquent generations of Canadians are also very involved in the study of heritage languages; many individuals grow up speaking English as their dominant language and mother tongue, but learn their heritage language as a second language, increasing still further the linguistic diversity that Canada maintains within its borders (Harrison 2000)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abalo, P. (2009). "The contribution of French as a second language to human factor development: A case of York University students at Glendon campus." Review of human factor studies, 15(10, pp/ 83-102.
  • Canada-United States Law Journal. (2004). "Discussion following the remarks of the Hon. Mr. Pierre-Marc Johnson."
  • Cardinal, L. (2004). "The limits of bilingualism in Canada." Nationalism and ethnic politics 10, pp. 79-103.
  • Harrison, B. (2000). "Passing on the language: Heritage language diversity in Canada." Canadian social trends, Autumn, pp. 14-9.
  • Healy, J. (2007). "Preserving and protecting the French language in Canada." Multilingual March, pp. 40-3.

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