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Language Matters: How Canadian Voluntary Associations Manage French and English Hardcover – Mar 30 2009


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"I do not know of any other study of voluntary associations done on such a scale. This book will be of great interest to scholars in the fields of sociolinguistics, political science, and management and conflict studies, not to mention people in the associations studied. Language Matters is of marked significance, academically, socially, and politically." - Jean Laponce, author of Languages and Their Territories"

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David Cameron and Richard Simeon, two of Canada's foremost scholars of federalism, have produced a fascinating glimpse into how Canadian civil society has adapted to linguistic duality. The result is as varied and complex— and ultimately as successful— as Canada itself.. [They make] an important contribution, not only to the understanding of language policy, but also to comprehension of how the country manages to negotiate the often spiky contours of the language divide.

(Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages, address to the European Union ambassadors, 16 September 2008)|

I do not know of any other study of voluntary associations done on such a scale. This book will be of great interest to scholars in the fields of sociolinguistics, political science, and management and conflict studies, not to mention people in the associations studied. Language Matters is of marked significance, academically, socially, and politically.

(Jean Laponce, author of Languages and Their Territories)|

Humanities scholars and social scientists are less inclined to build on, and extend, earlier work in their fields than are researchers in the hard sciences. This volume provides a notable exception. Inspired by one of the studies of the Bilingualism & Biculturalism Commission, Language Matters compares the use of French and English in several quite diverse voluntary associations and points to similarities and contrasts between Canada in the 1960s and today. The findings are highly revealing and, in some respects, quite encouraging.

(John Meisel, co-author of Ethnic Relations in Canadian Voluntary Associations)

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