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Discontinuities and Barriers in Communications: The Case of Swiss Communities of Different Language


  • Rossera, Fabio


The problem of identifying and measuring the effects of linguistic barriers on a contact network in Switzerland is examined. In a nation where four official languages prevail, the public telephone network may be considered as an adequate infrastructure to identify these kinds of effects. Linguistic barriers have been examined ina general way and taking differences in intensity no effect into account. Such differences may exist at the level of specific combinations of language interaction. Statistical estimations have been carried out with the aid of gravity models: one with dummy variables and the other by varying parameters. The main discontinuity in contact patterns arises between the German and French-speaking communities.

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  • Rossera, Fabio, 1990. "Discontinuities and Barriers in Communications: The Case of Swiss Communities of Different Language," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 24(4), pages 319-336.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:24:y:1990:i:4:p:319-36

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    1. Jean-Michel Guldmann, 1998. "Competing destinations and intervening opportunities interaction models of inter-city telecommunication flows," ERSA conference papers ersa98p120, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Guldmann, Jean-Michel, 1998. "Intersectoral point-to-point telecommunication flows: theoretical framework and empirical results," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(5), pages 585-609, September.
    3. Batten, David & Fischer, Manfred M., 1992. "Two Alternative Macro-Based Approaches to Model Telecommunication Traffic," MPRA Paper 78269, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Capello, R. & Nijkamp, P., 1992. "Borders and barriers : telecommunication systems," Serie Research Memoranda 0061, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.

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