Who Killed Canada’s Third Language?
2016-05-06 10:32:00 GMT
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"Canada’s formative years were steeped in Gaelic. It was the most common mother tongue among the Fathers of Confederation, and by 1850, one in ten Canadians were fluent in the tongue of the Scottish highlands or its close Irish relative. The near-eradication of my country’s formerly third most populous language – now reduced to a few pockets, notably in rural Cape Breton and elsewhere in Nova Scotia – prefigured what would then be done to the aboriginal languages. 200,000 speakers in 1850 plummeted to 7,000 (with only 2,000 native speakers) in 2011, even as the country’s population grew to 35 million, out of which 15% remain of Scots/Irish descent. The prejudice that killed Gaelic was initially based on the British policy of stamping out Highland culture after the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 (a tale recently popularized by the hit TV and book series Outlander). Now its claim on Canada is virtually forgotten. Though many more highlanders came to Canada than lowlanders — the highlanders were often descended from displaced crofters, whose homes on the commons had been confiscated by George III — the lowland Scots were better-educated and seen as more civilized."
Four years after Punjabi became Canada’s third most common language; it is now also Canadian parliament's third language after English and French. This observation follows the election of 20 Punjabi-speaking candidates to the House of Commons.
: Punjabi is MQ Malik's mother tongue! :D
: 5,800 Canadians have Norwegian as their mother tongue, and a whooping 575 of them speak Norwegian most often at home. We're coming for you, Punjabi!
haha, I only intended to let you know what my mother tongue was, trust me. Lol.
It's a horse race. Punjabi, Cantonese, Spanish, Italian, German, Tagalog and Arabic are all neck-and-neck for 3rd position. But wait, here's Norwegian coming up on the outside! :)
I no longer trust you Canadians are able to correctly identify Norwegian. These clever people on Orphan Black managed to identify the accent of a Finn as Scandinavian. And when they found a Finnish paper, they recognized it was "written in a Scandinavian dialect."
It's probably because there aren't many Norwegian NHL players. ;)
Maybe there are, but you don't recognize them as their accents don't sound Finnish, i.e. Scandinavian, at all :-P
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