The notion of 'purity' when speaking about a language, any language (spoken,
written...) is no only moot nowadays, but positively inscribed in a cultural
and political context...
We have had this discussion before on rara-avis and I would only refer
anybody interested to the writings of Bill Labov, 'father' of
sociolinguistics, U of Penn, or any other sociolinguist such as Penny Eckert
Steve Novak Cinefrog@comcast.net
On 11/2/08 12:43 PM, "Kevin Burton Smith" <email@example.com> wrote:
> Actually, since Quebec was conquered by the British before the French
> revolution (which allegedly "democratized" the language) there's an
> argument that the French in Canada is actually "purer" than that
> spoken in France.
> Kevin Burton Smith
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