CRITICAL / Should we impose “our” or “bear”? What does “down to earth”? Crown, is necessarily “speak evil”? So begins The point on the tongue, Louis Cornellier, teacher and columnist for Le Devoir: subtitled fifty essays on the French situation, this little book very pleasing first presents itself as a linguistic editing on aspects of French problematic.
In two or three pages per chapter, the author dusts grammar points, spelling and syntax, spelling resident (or resident?) To the position of the comma after “but” without forgetting the irreducible anglicismes that “flabbergastent”.
Simple explanations and examples chosen with humor, always relevant cited references (we still wonder what comes to be the leader Julien Lepers), neat falls, this point about the language seduced by its correctness and especially its biting side.
Writing, far from being reduced to a crabbed French lesson, quickly took an emotional turn, even political. More than just another linguistic reframing book, Reflections on the language adopts the tone of the note of humor: an introduction to decomplex the reader as to “eternal discourse on the poor quality of French in Quebec,” a chronicle of the rickety bilingualism Justin Trudeau (guaranteed effect!) and, implicitly, a call to resistance against the colonial power of English.
Louis Cornellier does not hesitate to get its message or smiling ironically. He advocates a “friendly purism”, thoughtful and open, far from being braced on a conservative defense of the difficulties of the French language.
There is always something to learn, even for literature enthusiasts who will fall-back instead on the ideological aspect of this book that will be available in bookstores May 18