French as Lingua Franca: An Asset or Liability in the Development of Nations?

24 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2005

Date Written: March 21, 2005

Abstract

This paper examines the hypothesis: Nations where French is the dominant second language, lag significantly behind in social, economic, and particularly in technological development. The countries examined are located on different continents Asia, Africa (North and sub-Sahara), Europe, and in the Americas.

Keywords: Lingua franca, francophone, Francophile, Francophonie, development, economic development, social development, human development, French, French colonies and protectorates, culture, society, France

Suggested Citation

Reisman, Arnold and Saha, P. K., French as Lingua Franca: An Asset or Liability in the Development of Nations? (March 21, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=690221 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.690221

Arnold Reisman (Contact Author)

Reisman and Associates ( email )

Shaker Heights, OH 44122
United States

P. K. Saha

Independent

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