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Language Diversity in Urban Landscapes: An econometric study

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  • Paulo A.L.D. Nunes

    (University of Venice Ca’ Foscari)

  • Laura Onofri

    (University of Venice Ca’ Foscari and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • Jasone Cenoz

    (University of the Basque Country)

  • Durk Gorter

    (Ikerbasque-University of the Basque Country)

Abstract

This multidisciplinary study adopts econometric analysis for investigating how different characteristics determine the choice of the language used in the signs of a shopping street. We work with 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 multilingualism and the choice of the language (even in a street sign) is an individual and a social preference. Therefore, understanding individuals’ linguistic preference structures is preliminary to the target and design of proper linguistic and social policies.

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  • Paulo A.L.D. Nunes & Laura Onofri & Jasone Cenoz & Durk Gorter, 2008. "Language Diversity in Urban Landscapes: An econometric study," Working Papers 2008.40, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2008.40
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    Keywords

    Linguistic Diversity; Street Sign; Probit Model; Linguistic Landscape;

    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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