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York University - Glendon Campus

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Annual conference of the Association fo French Language Studies.

The conference theme for AFLS 2017, in Toronto, Ontario, highlights the expanse and diversity of French-language communities. A testament to the mobility of Francophones across continents throughout the course of history, French has evolved along various trajectories depending on the continents where it has been adopted, and the social organisation and lifestyle of its users.

One case of this evolution is neatly illustrated by Canadian Francophones who, living in a continent where English is highly dominant, have forged a unique identity for their language amongst competing linguistic forces, and namely, with regard to English.

In such situations, the importance of distinguishing between first and second language comes into question. French Immersion school programs, popular amongst English-speaking Canadians, have given rise to a French-speaking population whose linguistic competence is often evaluated with reference to Canadian Francophones. This comparison proves obsolete, however, when one considers the degree of variability in linguistic competence amongst local Francophones themselves. For example, certain elements of the French spoken as a first language in Ontario distinguish this variety of French from those spoken elsewhere in North America or Europe. Yet, other elements of Ontario French, depending on the locality of the speakers, present similarities to the French spoken as a second language in Ontario’s English-medium schools.

We welcome papers that touch on the subject of diversity in French as a first or second language across geographical, social and historical spaces. Papers not directly related to the conference theme will also be taken into consideration so long as they contribute to the fields of interest of the AFLS.

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