Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Economics of Language Policy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michele Gazzola and Bengt-Arne Wickström

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034708

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034708.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use.date: 07 March 2021

Language and Sustainable Development: Integrating the Economics of Language Policy with Poverty Reduction and Biodiversity Conservation

Language and Sustainable Development: Integrating the Economics of Language Policy with Poverty Reduction and Biodiversity Conservation

Chapter:
(p.403) 13 Language and Sustainable Development: Integrating the Economics of Language Policy with Poverty Reduction and Biodiversity Conservation
Source:
The Economics of Language Policy
Author(s):

Suzanne Romaine

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034708.003.0014

It has become increasingly accepted that economic growth must be socially and environmentally sustainable. It must be linguistically and culturally sustainable as well because the conservation of biodiversity, cultural-linguistic diversity, sustainable development and the welfare of the poor are inextricably linked. The high global overlap between species and languages where the majority of the rural poor live can serve as a catalyst for bringing together researchers concerned with biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction with those focusing on the economics of language policy dedicated to maintaining linguistic and cultural diversity. While many are aware of the biodiversity extinction crisis and support campaigns for protecting endangered species, linguists and language activists have found it far more difficult to win public support for preserving linguistic diversity and revitalizing endangered languages. This chapter makes a case for support not on the basis of political arguments or appeal to human or minority rights, but rather on the basis of economic welfare theory, by taking account of some specific features of diverse linguistic environments as a valuable commodity. Evidence is presented to show why the health of a language depends on the health of its speakers, which in turn depends on the health of the natural environment.

Keywords:   Linguistic diversity, Biodiversity, Poverty, Sustainable development

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.