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Title: The Economics of the Multilingual Workplace
Written By: François Grin
Claudio Sfreddo
François Vaillancourt
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780203852675
Pages: 228
Prices: U.S. $ 120
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780415800181
Pages: 228
Prices: U.K. £ 80
U.S. $ 120