Alex Ebner'11 (modern languages)
"French Language and National Identity in Québec"
Location: Québec City, Canada
Alex traveled to Québec City to better understand the connection between the Québécois language and nationalism in the French-speaking province of Canada. Using a variety of tools to gather information, including interviews, questionnaires and library research, Alex explored areas ranging from attitudes and social meaning of the language, to language policies and laws, to the grammatical structure and history of Québécois. In so doing, Alex noted that pride in language is connected to resisting British oppression. He wrote, “The current generation of Quebecois is on the verge of establishing its unique language activism policies as a vehicle to carry its deeply-rooted national identity.”