Forthcoming: Multilingualism and the decline of French in Quebec

Yesterday, I received news from the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development will publish my article (co-authored with PhD student Alex Arsenault Morin – economics at Queen’s University) on why the vitality of the French language in Quebec is underestimated. In the last decade, fears of a “French crisis” have surged (with the belief that the French population would grow increasingly marginalized). Skeptics point to the fact that French-usage in the public sphere is rising while believers point to a decline of French-usage at home. We show that the rise of multiple language use within households (and across spheres of life) lead to this debate. We propose a new metric that resolves this problem. We show that there is no decline (nor are there any improvements).

The paper is here on SSRN. 

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