Canadien (was Re: English accent)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 19 14:13:48 UTC 2006

>"It would never occur to a Canadien to describe a Frenchman as
>speaking French with a French accent."
>By the way, how frequent is this use in English of the French word for
>'Canadian' (masculine singular), capitalized according to English usage, to
>mean 'French-Canadian'? I don't think I've ever seen it before.

Well, it's certainly used to refer to those French-Canadians who play
professional hockey in Montreal, a.k.a. Les Hab(itant)s.   ;-)


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