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Obsessed with Language in Edmonton Journal

The Edmonton Journal has reviewed Chantal Bouchard’s recently translated book, Obsessed with Language: A Sociolinguistic History of Quebec (Guernica Editions, ISBN 978-1-55071-293-3).

“First published in 1998 as La langue et le nombril (literally, The Tongue and the Navel), the book is out now for the first time in English. The publisher is Guernica Editions, which also has dual nationality: Originally a Montreal business, it moved to Toronto in the mid-1990s.

“Much of the book is about whether Quebecers speak ‘proper’ French, the standard French spoken in France. It’s an age-old debate that’s been revived in the 21st century by the encroachment of Internet English and concerns of ‘creeping bilingualism’ in day-to-day Montreal life.”

The full review is available on the Edmonton Journal’s website:


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