Monolingualism and Bilingualism: Lessons from Canada and by Sue Wright (Editor)

By Sue Wright (Editor)

There's a desire on the center 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 through monolingual responses. during this quantity, problems with monolingualism, multilingualism and id are addressed without delay in reviews of Canada and Spain.

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And a last point. Membership, the thrilling membership of the group that gives you that nice kind of 'buzz' is perhaps less important than we make it out to be. People sometimes suggest that it's the most important dynamic in politics today and I don't think it is. John Edwards: The idea of multiple identities is a very common concept and it's equally true that one has to be precise and define which particular identity one is talking about. Here, of course, I'm talking about ethnic or ethno-linguistic identity which is not the only identity that's possible, but it is the one which can be most easily manipulated in the current context.

One of the things which is not sufficiently appreciated is that in many ways Canada is a very unlikely country, strung out over a wide geographical area. Canadians may be able to forge a sense of identity in relatively adverse conditions or when they meet on some other ground. But, in the main, there are Newfoundlanders, there are Nova Scotians and so on. I'm not saying that these people don't have the sense of an overarching statethey do. But it is actually very hard to find markers which differentiate Anglophone Canadians from Americans.

1994b) Why De Gaulle uttered those rousing, contentious words in 1967. Globe & Mail, 21 May. (1994c) The West should keep calm and let Quebec go about its business. Globe & Mail, 28 May. (1994d) For ardent separatists, the referendum is the last chance. Globe & Mail, 3 September. Gibson, G. (1994) Plan B: The Future of the Rest of Canada. Vancouver: Fraser Institute. Globe & Mail (1991) The Economist: Survey of Canada. 19 July. < previous page page_35 next page > < previous page page_36 next page > Page 36 (1993) Separation would do Canada no great harm.

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