This presentation will focus on the role of French in the sociolinguistic making of Montreal and Brussels. While the French spoken in France is often considered as the benchmark for assessing the situation of the French language, Brussels and Montreal share a common experience of extensive language contact that is worth comparing. Indeed, the two large francophone metropolises have been affected by language contact resulting both from historical development and contemporary migrations. Montreal is the major area of language contact between French and English in North America. As the Belgian capital, Brussels is officially recognized as a bilingual region where French and Dutch are the official languages. In addition, as multilingual urban areas, both metropolises have welcomed an important number of immigrants.
Adopting a sociolinguistic perspective, I will examine similarities and differences in the language dynamics at play in these two large multilingual urban areas using comparable corpora of French collected in natural settings.
This event is part of the 2016-17 Fellowship Brown-Bag Series,
which features informal talks by the Center for the Humanities and the
Public Sphere’s Rothman Faculty Summer Fellows, Tedder Doctoral
Fellows, and Rothman Doctoral Fellows. Fellows will speak for 20-30
minutes in length about their funded work, leaving ample time for
questions and discussion.
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