What is the current focus of your research?
I worked on four research themes over the decades which are acculturation and immigrant/host community relations, cross-cultural communication, discrimination and language policies affecting the vitality of minorities. Recent publications focus on how language laws can increase or decrease the vitality of linguistic majorities and minorities in multilingual settings.
Can you tell me about your current work on group/community vitality?
I recently published papers evaluating the impact of Bill 101 on the Francophone majority and English speaking minorities of Quebec (ESCQ). I looked at how Bill 101 affected the demographic and institutional vitality of the ESCQ in the last forty years. For instance, laws restricting Allophones and Francophones from attending English schools did succeed in reducing the size of this educational system to only 37% of its original size prior to Bill 101.