Beyond Words–Canada's Official Languages Newsletter
Friday, December 21, 2012
There’s always so much happening in the world of official languages, and this past year is no exception. Undaunted, we have sorted and sifted and singled out some of the most important events of the year, as we say good bye to 2012.
Monday, November 19, 2012
When Percy Henry was a young boy, there was no TV or radio for his childhood entertainment. Instead, the resident of Dawson City, Yukon, remembers working at the community sawmill, where he was rewarded for his hard work with stories told by elders.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
It has been 30 years since the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into being, and the rights it entrenched for Canadian citizens are still being used to defend minority-language communities. As recently as this year, the Prince Edward Island French-language school board used the language...
Thursday, October 11, 2012
At a time when there is growing concern about the transmission of regional languages to new generations across North America and around the world, young people in southeastern New Brunswick are embracing a hybrid dialect called “Chiac”—and they find it “right le fun.”
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Did you know that our official languages have their own day? In the federal public service, linguistic duality is celebrated on the second Thursday of September. In honour of this occasion, we’ve created an infographic that shows the importance of English and French in our society.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
As central themes in Canadian literature, tensions between language groups and the search for identity are waning in popularity. However, that is not to say that Canada’s linguistic duality is no longer leaving a deep mark on the country’s literary market.
Friday, June 08, 2012
Knowing how to speak two languages in a country with two official languages is always going to be a good bet. But apart from the delight of knowing your peanuts from your arachides and your jelly from your gelée, there are a whole host of additional cognitive advantages to mastering two tongues...
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
When writing her mystery novels, author Louise Penny, best known for her series starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, draws on her experience as an English-speaking Canadian in a mainly French-speaking community.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Every year, some 25 languages die—that’s one almost every two weeks. At this rate, half of the world’s languages may disappear by the end of the 21st century. Beyond Words takes a look at the current situation.
Monday, March 19, 2012
As part of the Francophonie celebrations held in March in Canada and around the world, Beyond Words conducted a small survey on favourite French words and expressions, inspirational Francophones, French language difficulties, and favourite things about the Francophonie.