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Bilinguisme, langue dominante et réseaux d’information


  • Lavoie, Marc

    (Département de science économique, Université d’Ottawa)


The author presents and criticizes the traditional approach to the economics of language which can be found explicitly in the writings of authors such as Albert Breton and Jean-Luc Migué, or implicitly in the writings of H.G. Johnson, and which relies on the neoclassical theories of human capital, statistical discrimination and information networks. It is shown that the analyses of these economists are based on extremely restrictive conditions which do not necessarily correspond to the real world or to Canadian reality. The author attemps to prove that such an approach can lead to quite different results and conclusions if other postulates, describing an alternative view of the world, are chosen to be the foundations of the analysis. L’auteur présente et critique l’approche économique traditionnelle de la langue telle qu’on la retrouve chez Albert Breton et Jean-Luc Migué, et implicitement chez H. G. Johnson. Il souligne les conditions extrêmement restrictives qui sont implicites à ces analyses et qui sont contradictoires avec le monde réel et la réalité canadienne. L’auteur tente de démontrer que cette approche peut conduire à des conclusions toutes différentes des conclusions généralement présentées en admettant des postulats plus proches de la réalité.

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  • Lavoie, Marc, 1983. "Bilinguisme, langue dominante et réseaux d’information," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 59(1), pages 38-62, mars.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:actuec:v:59:y:1983:i:1:p:38-62

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    1. Hocevar, Toussaint, 1975. "Equilibria in Linguistic Minority Markets," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 28(2), pages 337-357.
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    4. Albert Breton, 1978. "Nationalism and Language Policies," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 11(4), pages 656-668, November.
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