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How Many Languages Do We Need?The Economics of Linguistic Diversity$
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Victor Ginsburgh and Shiomo Weber

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691136899

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691136899.001.0001

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My Language Is My Homeland

My Language Is My Homeland

(p.7) Chapter 1 My Language Is My Homeland
How Many Languages Do We Need?

Victor Ginsburgh

Shlomo Weber

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the importance that people attach to their native language and culture. It argues that the preservation of linguistic diversity and respect for the cultural heritage of members of a society is an important and much-needed task. However, in making policy and operational decisions, one has to recognize two caveats in protecting an excessive degree of diversity. The first is that sustaining a high degree of societal diversity could require allocating substantial resources to creating educational institutions and developing communication and coordination between groups. The second is that there is an upper bound to the degree of heterogeneity that still guarantees proper and sustainable functioning.

Keywords:   language, culture, migration, linguistic diversity, linguistic policy

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