Language stats out today
Statistics Canada has released its latest language statistics showing French-English bilingualism is growing in Quebec (not good news for some) while shrinking in the rest of Canada. The Globe and Mail has an aperçu of other languages and their standing, as does the CBC.
Expect a lot of chatter to follow these stats, one way or another. The Gazette tries to pre-empt some panic by subtly sowing the notion that panic is a likely response.
The G+M piece has an arresting lede: “There is a reach diversity of languages spoken in Canada.” English, however, is beginning to look a bit rocky. The Postmedia piece in the Gazette has a sentence reading: “it also bothers him to see the B.C. government spending public money to translate official documents in Asian languages” – a translation of “en” in French which leads to a false implication that the documents started out in Asian languages, but actually should be “into” in English.
Ten minutes later: the “reach” was corrected to “rich”!