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Linguistic Diversity and Preferences: Econometric Evidence from European Cities

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  • Laura Onofri
  • Paulo A.L.D. Nunes
  • Jasone Cenoz
  • Durk Gorter

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This multidisciplinary study adopts an econometric analysis for investigating how different characteristics determine the choice of the language used in the signs of a shopping street in two selected minority language cities. We use a dataset containing about 200 observations collected in the main shopping streets of the cities of Donostia (Spain) and Ljouwert (The Netherlands). The results corroborate the important assumption that linguistic landscape, multilingualism and the choice of the language (even in a street sign) is an individual and a social preference. Understanding linguistic preferences’ structures is preliminary to the target and design of proper linguistic and social policies.

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  • Laura Onofri & Paulo A.L.D. Nunes & Jasone Cenoz & Durk Gorter, 2013. "Linguistic Diversity and Preferences: Econometric Evidence from European Cities," Journal of Economics and Econometrics, Economics and Econometrics Society, vol. 56(1), pages 39-60.
  • Handle: RePEc:eei:journl:v:56:y:2013:i:1:p:39-60
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    Keywords

    Linguistic diversity; street sign; probit model; linguistic landscape; minority language.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C01 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Econometrics
    • R20 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - General
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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