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Obsessed with Language

Obsessed with Language

A Sociolinguistic History of Quebec

By Chantal Bouchard Luise Flotow

A fascinating study of the French-Canadian dialect, this insightful analysis examines the intimate relationship between Quebec and its heartily defended dialect, from 19th-century Parisian French to the joual of the 1960s.


Guernica Editions (Essay Series)


291 pages |

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...the book is a very insightful read which will appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike who have sought to go beyond the 'short historical' perspective to examine how the language situation in Quebec arose, was conditioned and shaped, and subsequently evolved beyond the wildest dreams of those who participated in defining that history.

Martin Howard, University College, Cork, British Journal of Canadian Studies

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About the author

Chantal Bouchard is a linguist and a professor in the Département de langue et de littérature française at McGill University. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Luise von Flotow is a translation studies professor at the University of Ottawa. She has translated a number of books for Guernica, including Doubly Suspect, Girls Closed In, and The Stalinist's Wife She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.