OT: Re: RARA-AVIS: Bon Cop/Bad Cop (was Banff)

From: Stewart Wilson (stewart@stewartwilson.com)
Date: 03 Nov 2008

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     But Steve _you_ called it 'bastard French' ... if purity is moot, what else did you mean?

    On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 3:48 PM, Steve Novak <Cinefrog@comcast.net> wrote:
    > 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
    > (Stanford)...etc...etc...
    > Steve Novak
    > Cinefrog@comcast.net
    > On 11/2/08 12:43 PM, "Kevin Burton Smith" <kvnsmith@sbcglobal.net> 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.

    Stewart Wilson
    Toronto, ON

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