Is It Possible to Speak English Without Thinking American? On Globalization and the Determinants of Cultural Assimilation
AbstractBased on research in linguistics and psychology I use language speech as a reflection of acculturation. I use individual and city-level data from the Lake Ontario area in Canada and study the determinants of cultural assimilation. I focus on education, age, income, and in particular, on some variables typically discussed when globalization issues come up, such as immigration, television viewing, borders, and residence history of the individuals. I find that actual contact does matter as a determinant of cultural homogenization. Virtual contact appears to be irrelevant. This finding is robust to changes in specification and to different empirical methods.
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- Chong, Alberto & Galdo, Jose, 2008. "Is it possible to speak English without thinking American? On globalization and the determinants of cultural assimilation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 100(2), pages 192-195, August.
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