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The Economics of Language: Match or Mismatch?

François Grin
International Political Science Review / Revue internationale de science politique
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Jan., 1994), pp. 25-42
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1601229
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

The economics of language is an interdisciplinary field of investigation which explores the mutual effect of language-related and economic variables. This paper reviews the main orientations and results of research, and then critically assesses the nature of standard assumptions made in the economics of language. It is shown that many of these assumptions can be expanded or adapted in order to increase the scope of relevant causal links that can be encompassed in modelling. This, in turn, requires a stronger emphasis on interdisciplinarity, in which economics has an essential role to play, in particular for selecting and designing language policy. /// L'économie linguistique est un champ d'étude interdisciplinaire qui mesure les effets réciproques de variables économiques et de variables linguistiques. L'article passe en revue ce domaine de recherche et en note les orientations et les contributions principales. L'analyse des axiomes et des présuppositions qui caractérisent l'économie linguistique montre que nombre de ces dernières devraient être raffinées et adaptées de telle façon que les liens causals endogènes aux modèles utilisés puissent s'ouvrir sur un champ d'application plus vaste. Cela suppose que l'on donne à l'économie un rôle de premier plan, notamment pour la planification linguistique.

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