An economics approach to language policy and linguistic justice

Michele Gazzola, Torsten Templin, Bengt-Arne Wickström

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The essay gives an overview of how language planning and language policy can be motivated and analyzed by economic methods. It is discussed what type of value language-related goods possess and what type of goods they are, treating properties like degrees of rivalry, exclusion, and shielding. It is argued that allocation and distribution issues associated with language-related goods provide a justification for language policy and planning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Policy and Linguistic Justice: Economic, Philosophical and Sociolinguistic Approaches
EditorsBengt-Arne Wickström, Torsten Templin, MIchele Gazzola
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer Cham
Number of pages62
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-75263-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-75261-7
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Oct 2018


  • Linguistic Justice
  • Language Policy
  • language planning
  • Pure collective goods
  • Linguistic Environment


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