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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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How Many Languages Do We Need?

Victor Ginsburgh

Shlomo Weber

Princeton University Press

This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. It argues that the development of optimal and sensible linguistic policies has to balance the will of the people and their attachment to traditions, history, and culture, with equity and efficiency considerations. Standardization policies should, recognize the importance of the diversity of existing cultures and languages. Linguistic disenfranchisement, which limits the ability and opportunity of individuals and groups to fully use their native languages in communal, political, legal, business, and other spheres of life, may rock the foundations that lead to free cultural existence and to progress. Protecting cultural and linguistic identity and diversity is especially important in an increasingly globalized world.

Keywords:   linguistic diversity, language, linguistic policy, language standardization

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