Quote: Originally Posted by LadyC
My high school French teacher, a Scot who prided herself on her Parisian accent, said that in reality, Québecois was probably the most pure form of French, as it's been "isolated" for a few centuries. I can't remember her exact reasoning, but that's the gist.
Yes, pure in the sense that it is an older form of French which dates back to the time of Louis XIV, when the king, himself, would have spoken like a Quebecer of today, saying "le roé c'est moé" instead of the modern French "le roi c'est moi".
The language spoken in Québec ceased to be a standard of French centuries past and is now an abberration according to the norms established by the francophonie.
When francophone Quebecers talk about preserving the French language in North America, they are in fact refering to an archaic form which is in no way related to the international french taught in immersion programs across Canada.
If you can discern the difference between good French and poor French, consider the following example of mediocrity: www3.sympatico.ca/dumasmar/logs/HAPPYGIRL.htm (external - login to view)
The ROC has been duped into believing Quebecers want to preserve the French language to the detriment of English, when in fact they are also resisting the adoption of French, proper French, International French, in Quebec.