French language in Quebec: still under threat

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Topic: French language in Quebec: still under threat

This research paper will be looking into and discussing, whether or not the French language in Quebec is still under threat. This project will discuss the existence of a threat to French language, and its culture. Also look into possible reasons why people may believe that there is a threat or not.

According to research conducted after the 1995 referendum, a large number of Quebecers, who speak French, believe that there is a real threat to the language. This is due to the fact that in the early 90s, francophones were the majority of people in Quebec, but that in the late 90s, they started to become the minority, which obviously scared a lot of people. By looking into more research as
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The effect of the law was that all new immigrants had to attend French school, unless they were transfers, intending to stay only two years. The Bill created an uproar and, while many of its provisions were later to be seen as having been beneficial to the French language, initially there was much resistance. In addition, the Law seemed to encourage a spirit of intolerance on the part of the French-speaking population. Stop signs were defaced, for example, in such a way as to obliterate the S, cut the top off the T and the round part from the P, so that the sign then read 101. This, despite the fact that STOP is a French word and is used internationally.

Between 1976 and 1981, nearly 20% of Quebec's Anglophones left the Province. 25% of this group were aged 20 - 34. As well, a number of head offices moved West, complaining of high taxes, language legislation etc. This, of course, had the effect of reducing the relative importance of the English-speaking population.

The law also changed the demographics in the schools, with all immigrants now attending French school. This, while ensuring an immigrant population which would speak French as their second language, caused some upheavals in the French system where in some areas, Francophone children found themselves in a minority in their own schools. This was and is the case in Montreal where most

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