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Title: Voting on the choice of core languages in the European Union
Authors: Fidrmuc, J
Ginsburgh, V
Weber, S
Keywords: Languages;Disenfranchisement;European Union;Linguistic standardization
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Elsevier Science Inc.
Citation: European Journal of Political Economy, 25(1), 56 - 62, 2009
Abstract: Extensive multilingualism is one of the most important and fundamental principles of the European Union (EU). However, a large number of languages (currently 23) hinders communication and imposes substantial financial and legal costs. On the other hand, the reduction of the number of languages would disenfranchise some or many EU citizens. We use the results of a survey on languages and argue that even though a linguistic reform reducing the number of languages is unlikely to gain sufficient political support today, this may change in the future since young people are more proficient at speaking foreign languages.
Description: This is the post-print version of the final paper published in European Journal of Political Economy. The published article is available from the link below. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. Copyright @ 2008 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0176-2680
Appears in Collections:Economics and Finance
Dept of Economics and Finance Research Papers

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