At 03:11 PM 12/9/98 -0500, Jean-Paul Connock wrote:
>Also, and most importantly, the 'english conquerors' had NOTHING, NADA,
>do with protecting the language.
I have to disagree there. As conquerors they could easily have demanded
linguistic and cultural assimilation from the French-speakers, but notably
they failed to do so; in fact they consciously decided to uphold many of the
old institutions of Quebec society. This hands-off attitude was formalized
in later agreements and pacts.
> Ask an anglo in Quebec what he thinks of the language laws, and be prepared
> to run.
The Quebec Anglo's quite understandable dislike for repressive language
laws has nothing to do with his attitude towards the French language itself.
>It is entirely the result of the Quiet Revolution and the francophone
people >that the language is protected and honoured today.
No, the Quiet Revolution was a change in the attitude that the Quebecois
held towards the ruling elites in Quebec -- church and state. But French
was not stronger after the Revolution than before it; if anything, Bill 101
and other reactionary measures were a sign of desperation and continuing