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Anglicisms: Should they always be changed?
Note: This seminar will be conducted in French only
Instructor: Mireille Elchacar
Do you feel that “anglicism” is a synonym for error? Do you think anglicisms should always be flushed out because they are “poor French?” How do you avoid crossing the line between careful French and purism? This training session will provide an objective examination of the question of borrowings from English.
Goal: To provide you with reasoned criteria to make informed choices about anglicisms in professional situations.
Content: The training will include theoretical portions and practical exercises.
- The history of the usage of anglicisms in France and in Quebec will be briefly covered to help understand Canadian francophones’ current feelings about them;
- The concepts of linguistic variation will be applied to anglicisms;
- A variety of reference works and other tools on the subject of anglicisms will be considered;
- We will examine the French equivalents proposed by official bodies.
Mireille Elchacar studied French editing and translation before completing master’s and doctoral degrees in linguistics. She worked on the Dictionnaire Usito, which describes standard Quebec French. She has taught linguistics at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2007, including the course “Anglicisms in Quebec,” and regularly offers French language training.
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Université de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, 2500, boul. de l’Université, Sherbrooke
Carpooling is possible: please contact us with your transport offers or requests.
Cost (lunch at the university cafeteria included)
Early registration (on or before March 24):
$80 for Editors Canada student affiliates
$120 for non-member students
$150 for Editors Canada members
$180 for members of related organizations
$210 for non-members
After March 24:
$90 for Editors Canada student affiliates
$140 for non-member students
$180 for Editors Canada members
$210 for members of related organizations
$240 for non-members
Registration closes on April 11, 2019
Seminar Coordinator: Sylvie Collin