In grade school, no one would have ever guessed I'd grow up to become a linguist-- I was the kid who got Cs in French and couldn't produce a trill to save my life! I went to university majoring in civil engineering-- relieved that there was no language requirement for that major. But I ended up switching to geophysics, thinking that it would be less restrictive than engineering, and that it would allow me to spend more time in the mountains (which turned out to be wishful thinking)...Read more
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
This book proposes a path-breaking study of the economics of
multilingualism at work, proposing a systematic approach to the
identification and measurement of the ways in which language skills and
economic performance are related.
Using the instruments of economic investigation, but also explicitly
relating the analysis to the approaches to multilingualism at work
developed in the language sciences, this interdisciplinary book proposes a
systematic, step-by-step exploration of the issue. Starting from a general
identification of the linkages between multilingualism and processes of
value creation, it reviews the contributions of linguistics and economics
before developing a new economic model of production in which language is
taken into account. Testing of the model using data from two countries
provides quantitative estimations of the influence of multilingualism on
economic processes, showing that foreign language skills can make a
considerable contribution to a country’s GDP. These findings have
significant implications for language policy and suggest strategies helping
language planners to harness market forces for increased effectiveness.