Saturday, February 13, 2010

Montreal English ... the sociolinguistic news flood continues

Nice report here from the Montreal Gazette on Charles Boberg's work on ethnic and neighborhood differences in Montreal English. It's a good picture of variation and change in English in a bilingual city, showing both geographical and social parameters of differences.

On one point, something must have gotten garbled in transmission:
Unlike most North American cities, Boberg says, Montreal is not a linguistic melting pot where everyone ends up sounding more or less the same.

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