Annette BOUDREAU et isabelle VIOLETTE
Working in new Brunswick acadia
Annette Boudreau and Isabelle Violette analyze issues related to the construction of linguistic knowledge in a minority setting. The authors show how social change derived from globalization contributes to the reshaping of Acadian identity which has for a long time been based on an image of a pure French language free of influence from others. Since the end of the 19th century, Acadians have in fact promoted their French roots in the construction of themselves, which explains their determination to maintain archaic forms and their depreciation of everything English. In the new international order, both traditional French forms and English borrowings are being reevaluated and reassigned new symbolic values.
Key words: Acadia, identity, minority, globalization, norms, representations
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