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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Francophonie made in Québec

[Montréal, Québec (Canada)]

There's something else to remember today, at least for translators and people who love languages.

On July 31st, 1974, thanks to the 'Official Languages Act' - best know simply as 'Bill 22' - , French became the official language of Québec, the only one suitable for worlking and writing public documents. Despite the 'new' law, up to now French and English are the two national languages in Québec.

This is a very interesting case, because it illustrates clearly how the fact that a language is spoken by people is more important than laws and decisions 'from the top'.