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noun - plural: jouals

  1. [Canada] The dialect of working-class Quebecers.


Joual is the common name for the linguistic features of basilectal Quebec French that are associated with the French-speaking working class in Montreal which has become a symbol of national identity for a large number of artists from that area. Speakers of Quebec French from outside Montreal usually have other names to identify their speech, such as Magoua in Trois-Rivières, and Chaouin south of Trois-Rivières. Linguists tend to eschew this term, but historically some have reserved the term joual for the variant of Quebec French spoken in Montreal.

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Google previewWriting Quebec (1988)

Selected Essays by Hubert Aquin, Anthony George Purdy

The term joual refers to a linguistic divergence which exists between the French we speak and the French of France; and,

Google previewConnecting Fragments: Solidarity and Fragmentation in ...

Joual is a type of Canadian French that is spoken by many working-class groups in Quebec. It is closely associated to Quebecois nationalism. 13 Peter Buitenhuis, "Canadian Literary Letter," New York Times Book Review, July 24, 1966, 25 ...

Google previewBroke City (1984)

by Jacques Renaud

Joual is a non-language. A denunciation. From an interview with Jean Bouthillette, Perspectives, November 11, 1967. Acheve d'imprimer a Montmagny par les travail leurs des ateliers. NOTES 1 . Cite Libre was an important journal at the start ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Literature in Canada (2002)

by William H. New

Peter Hinchclittc JOUAL is a variant form of the French LANGUAGE as spoken in urban Quebec, especially in Montreal. The term derives from the local pronunciation of the word cheval ('horse'). Characterized by its distinctive sound patterns, ...

Google previewThe Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2014)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

UK, 1985 joual nounthe working-class dialectof Frenglish, a mixture of languages, used inQuebec. This term, usedby English Quebec speakers rather than ...

Google previewThe Canadian Encyclopedia (1999)

by James H. Marsh

Marc St-Hilaire Joual is a type of Canadian French. The term, often used pejoratively, derives from a colloquial pronunciation of the word cheval (“horse”), which came to symbolize this form of speech. Just as Canadian English is different from ...

Google previewThe New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2015)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

joual |joy juice 1290 joual noun the working-class dialect of Frenglish, a mixture of languages, used in Quebec CANADA This term, used by English Quebec speakers rather than “Frenglish”, may derive from a corruption of cheval French for ...

Google previewWorld Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (2013)

The Americas by Don Rubin, Carlos Solorzano

Joual - the name is derived from the local pronunciation of the French word cheval (horse) but to a greater extent refers to French as it is spoken in Quebec - represented a distancing from the polished language and French-inspired style of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Novel (2014)

by Paul Schellinger

Anotherinnovation isthe writer's use of a variety of levels and registers of speech, including the “joual” of the inhabitants of SaintHenri, a popular form of Quebecspeech laterused by Jacques Godbout andplaywright MichelTremblay. Despite the ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Language (2002)

by N.E. Collinge

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Joual Vair

Horse barn at Joual Vair Farm, Becancour, Quebec, August 2005.

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Scrabble value of J8O1U1A1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the second edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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