A systematic examination of language policies in Canada based on domestic and international comparisons.
Language issues have been - and promise to continue to be - at the heart of national political life in Canada. The results of governmental language policy play a crucial role in determining the unity of the country. However, despite its importance, language policy is often difficult to understand because it is part of a complicated political terrain where numerous policies intersect. Canadian Language Polices in Comparative Perspective presents a long-required assessment of the field and utilizes a widely recognized comparative method that makes this volume the most systematic study of language issues available.
Capturing the dynamism of Canadian language policies, the essays in this volume analyze and compare the effects, histories, and features of language policies as they have been enacted and implemented by Canadian provincial and federal governments. The contributors' comparisons reveal significant domestic and international implications for language policy. An important study of a social and political issue that has immediate local, national, and international consequences, Canadian Language Policies in Comparative Perspective assembles knowledgeable authorities on language policy to provide a comprehensive synthesis of its consequences.
Contributors include Pierre Anctil (University of Ottawa), Yaroslav Bilinsky (emeritus, University of Delaware), Jürgen Erfurt (University of Frankfurt); Louise Fontaine (Université Sainte-Anne), Eve Haque (York University);Normand Labrie (University of Toronto), William F. Mackey (emeritus, Université Laval), Jacques Maurais, Michael A. Morris (Clemson University), and Michel Paillé