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Demography and Language Competition

Kandler, A; (2009) Demography and Language Competition. HUM BIOL , 81 (2-3) 181 - 210.

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Abstract

Attempts to describe language competition and extinction in a mathematical way have enjoyed increased popularity recently. In this paper I review recent modeling approaches and, based on these findings, propose a model of reaction-diffusion type. I analyze the dynamics of interactions of a population with two monolingual groups and a group that is bilingual in these two languages. The results show that demographic factors, such as population growth or population dispersal, play an important role in the competition dynamic. Furthermore. I consider the impact of two strategies for language maintenance: adjusting the status of the endangered language and adjusting the availability of monolingual and bilingual educational resources.

Type: Article
Title: Demography and Language Competition
Keywords: LANGUAGE COMPETITION, LANGUAGE EXTINCTION, LANGUAGE MAINTENANCE, POPULATION GROWTH, POPULATION DISPERSAL, REACTION-DISPERSAL COMPETITION MODEL, AGENT-RASED MODELS, MONTE-CARLO-SIMULATION, MATHEMATICAL-MODEL, ENDANGERED LANGUAGES, BILINGUALISM, DEATH, DYNAMICS, SURVIVAL
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/170485
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