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Proficiency, Attitude and Conventions in Minority Languages

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  • Laruelle, Annick
  • Navarro Prada, Noemí
  • Escobedo Martínez, Ramón

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In this paper we study a simple mathematical model of a bilingual community in which all agents are f luent in the majority language but only a fraction of the population has some degree of pro ficiency in the minority language. We investigate how different distributions of pro ficiency, combined with the speaker´attitudes towards or against the minority language, may infl uence its use in pair conversations.

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  • Laruelle, Annick & Navarro Prada, Noemí & Escobedo Martínez, Ramón, 2015. "Proficiency, Attitude and Conventions in Minority Languages," IKERLANAK Ikerlanak;2015-92, Universidad del País Vasco - Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico I.
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    Keywords

    minority; language; competition; linguistic; convention;

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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