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A new study by the OLF, to come out in the next week or two, will say that French signs are on the decline in Montreal.
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I am just dying to add some snark here…but I’ll be good. :)
It’s very likely true, if they’re keeping a count of signs and displays, especially downtown. What that implies they should do about it is another thing.
Anglos don’t feel welcome in Quebec, Francos don’t feel welcome in Montreal — why can’t we all just get along?!
No surprise here. The OLF acts on complaints, and as boomers retire they need a new hobby, hence the increase.
Then you have the increase in immigration from places like… France… Where ‘parking’ is perfectly good French …
What a crime against humanity – the inability to be advertised at in your native language. Tragic.
Meanwhile, there’s no shortage of French-language signs in the streets right now. Red lettering? I’m sure you’ve seen them. OLF should count all those to make up the (alleged) deficit.
Mdblog, yes it does beg sarcasm; congratulations on your restraint.
No\Deli, when your first language is spoken among two percent of continent’s population, and you live in the sole jurisdiction where it has a hope of flourishing, your attitude toward ostensibly silly stuff like the choice of promotional wording used on shop signs is bound to be different (no matter how much free time you might have on your hands) than that of the person who speaks as a first language the tongue of the overwhelming majority and the lingua franca of the modern world. You might feel a little like an after thought, like no one thinks you matter enough to be addressed directly.
ant6n– via Rodney King–has the right idea, but francophone-anglophone relations won’t improve without some effort at empathy from both tribes.
Robert H: Yes, if I could only get myself whipped up into that sort of collective pariah complex that allows such a self-deception; believing that ‘the language’ deserves more protection than individual human beings… then maybe I’d see things more clearly.
The only way to ‘improve anglo-franco relations’ is to actually have some. French people are your friends, and their women are sexier.
Hamza: if true, you can see why anglo women might be a little less keen on the situation…
No\Deli, individual human beings have identity of which language is a crucial part. If you think this is trivial, I suggest you re-examine your own feelings about the state of English in Quebec, (speaking of pariah complexes) no hysteria required. Though I certainly don’t dismiss your point of view, I merely say that the passion we all bring to the language question underlines its fundamental importance.
Hamza, I was about to give you a hearty assent when Kate’s comment appeared and I realized that there’s room for legitimate disagreement on at least part of your comment…like it anyway! :-)
With them and those other separatist groups it will always be French on the decline. Even when French has hegemony, its on the decline. If immigrants are forced to speak French, it still means French is on the decline.
F them and their French is on the decline BS!
Spock what an incredibly lucid analysis of such a complex issue.Thank You!
You are welcome! :)
I’m new to Montreal. I see a huge amount of new high rise condos expensive clothes and cars. Go out west you see huge houses Plasma TVs and mega trucks. Are the Francos not as materialistic as rest of North America. The culture of mass consumption in Montreal has me packing. This isn’t Europe. It has become another expensive North American city with a French trimming. I would gladly learn the language but I’m not into North American culture. If the Franco culture is going to survive it will take more than language.
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