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Language Diversity in Urban Landscapes: An Econometric Study


Laura Onofri


Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

Paulo A. L. D. Nunes


University of Padua - Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro Forestali (TeSAF)

Jasone Cenoz


University of the Basque Country

Durk Gorter


University of the Basque Country

April 2008

FEEM Working Paper No. 40.2008

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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: Linguistic Diversity, Street Sign, Probit Model, Linguistic Landscape

JEL Classification: C01, R20, Z13


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Date posted: May 19, 2008  

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Onofri, Laura and Nunes, Paulo A. L. D. and Cenoz, Jasone and Gorter, Durk, Language Diversity in Urban Landscapes: An Econometric Study (April 2008). FEEM Working Paper No. 40.2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1131202

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Laura Onofri
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) ( email )
C.so Magenta 63
Milano, 20123
Italy
Paulo Augusto Dias Nunes (Contact Author)
University of Padua - Dipartimento Territorio e Sistemi Agro Forestali (TeSAF) ( email )
Legnaro, Padova 35020
Italy
Jasone Cenoz
University of the Basque Country ( email )
Barrio Sarriena s/n
Leioa, Bizkaia 48940
Spain
Durk Gorter
University of the Basque Country ( email )
Barrio Sarriena s/n
Leioa, Bizkaia 48940
Spain
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