The French-speaking world is a rather ‘monocentric’ linguistic community and prescriptivism has been an important part of the discourse on the French language for centuries. My contribution to this blog will be to share some information about purism in France and in other Francophone countries, especially in Canada and in Québec (since a lot of my research deals with linguistic representations among Quebeckers).
But today, I would like to begin with a question to the specialists of the English language : how do you see the Francophone world in sociolinguistic terms ? Do you see it as more puristic than other major linguistic communities (English or Spanish, e.g.) ?