left_turns (left_turns) wrote in little_details,

Quebec French in the 1930s

My story is set in 1930 or 1931. One of my main characters is Quebecois, living in Wisconsin (or at least based out of there at the time of the story; he's a rum runner and moves around a bit). He speaks English around the Americans he has to talk to, but he slips back into French fairly often.

It's occurred to me that even aside from making sure he's not speaking Google Translate European French, modern Quebec French might sound anachronistic in that era. I've looked around on Google and various library catalogs, and I've found tons of material on American English slang of the 1920s and '30s, and a few pages about modern Quebec French idioms. The best resource I've found about historical Quebec French, though, is about two paragraphs in the Wikipedia page on Quebec French in general.

I'm beginning to wonder, are there even any sort of materials of the type I'm looking for? For that matter, is there anything on Canadian English in the '30s?
Tags: 1930-1939, canada: history, ~languages: french

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