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How Many Languages Do We Need?: The Economics of Linguistic Diversity

How Many Languages Do We Need?: The Economics of Linguistic Diversity (Hardback)

By Ginsburgh, Victor
By Weber, Shiomo

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In the global economy, linguistic diversity influences economic and political development as well as public policies in positive and negative ways. It leads to financial costs, communication barriers, divisions in national unity, and, in some extreme cases, conflicts and war--but... it also produces benefits related to group and individual identity. What are the specific advantages and disadvantages of linguistic diversity and how does it influence social and economic progress? This book examines linguistic diversity as a global social phenomenon and considers what degree of linguistic variety might result in the greatest economic good.Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber look at linguistic proximity between groups and between languages. They describe and use simple economic, linguistic, and statistical tools to measure diversity's impact on growth, development, trade, the quality of institutions, translation issues, voting patterns in multinational competitions, and the likelihood and intensity of civil conflicts. They address the choosing of core languages in a multilingual community, such as the European Union, and argue that although too many official languages might harm cohesiveness, efficiency, and communication, reducing their number brings about alienation and disenfranchisement of groups.Demonstrating that the value and drawbacks of linguistic diversity are universal, How Many Languages Do We Need? suggests ways for designing appropriate linguistic policies for today's multilingual world.
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ISBN 9780691136899
Format Hardback
Language English (translated from: English)
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780691136899
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Ginsburgh, Victor
By Weber, Shiomo
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Language & Linguistics
Economic Theory & Philosophy
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 305.7
Weight 454g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Language and languages - Variation, Language and languages - Economic aspects, Sociolinguistics
NBS Text Linguistics
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly