Date(s) - 04/18/2019
12:00 am - 7:00 pm
Hancock Public Library
Is it moi ?… moé ? …or mwa ?
Is it international French ? The French of Quebec ? Or the French of Acadia ?
Come learn about the differences between international textbook French, and that spoken by the people of the French speaking regions of Quebec and Acadia, and their descendants in New England. Join Robert Perreault, writer, historian, and native French speaker from Manchester NH, along with Henri Vaillancourt, a native French speaker and researcher from Greenville NH, who will lead the audience in an interactive discussion of the richness of these dialects – dialects that are a mix of many of the local languages of France from the 1600’s, and contain as well words of the Native American tribes of New France. Often denigrated in the past as ‘not real French’, these dialects are finding renewed respect as the ‘heritage languages’ that they are, and are assuming their rightful place in the history and evolution of the French language. Experience the color, and historical significance of the ‘’Old French’’ that still exists in our New England backyards, and remains part of the colloquial speech of our French speaking neighbors in Quebec and Acadia !
Sponsored by the Hancock Library French Conversation Group .
Light refreshments will be provided