Articles and Communications

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Language and economy: from handicap to business oportunity.

Article by Isidor Marí, Director of the Linguamón-UOC Chair in Multilingualism; Antoni Mir, Director of Linguamón - The House of Languages; Marta Rovira, Director of the company ENVIT.

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Talk by Elsa Tragant (University of Barcelona)

The talk "Catalan secondary and university students' motivation for studying English: the relationship with learning outcomes" was given by Elsa Tragant, of the University of Barcelona, as part of the round table session on motivation in learning a second language. The talk commented upon two studies. The first shows the key role played by English learning strategies in the study of the interaction between diverse motivational factors and learning outcomes. The second points to how the speed of learning a foreign language is related to motivation.


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Article by David Laitin, Stanford University.

The article "Multilingualism and country wealth" springs from the speech by David Laitin. Laitin, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, gave a paper Multilingualism and country wealth: an empirical investigation. The article deals with the issue of multilingualism, an issue that is of great importance to Spain in general and Catalonia in particular. One generalised theory appearing in literature on political economics is that high levels of ethnic fragmentation have a negative correlation with country wealth. This leads to a questioning of the possible relationship between linguistic diversity and development. All these matters are covered by Laitin in this article.


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Article by Jeremy Evas, Head of the Grants and Lang. Technol. Unit of the Welsh Language Board

Explicació: "Information technologies in minority languages: how can we increase their use?" is the title of the article by Jeremy Evas, Head of the Grants and Language Technology Unit of the Welsh Language Board. This article stems from his lecture in November 2008 at the Residencia d'Investigadors (Barcelona).


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Article by Dr. Monica Heller, University of Toronto.

Dr. Heller's article is entitled "Competing language ideologies in the global arena: a debate". This article, which stems from her talk at the IEC, deals with the way in which the new globalised economy changes the role of language, giving it a more central role as a work process and a work product (converting the workforce into a "wordforce"), emphasising the commoditisation of language as a skill and as a symbol of authenticity. It includes the example of the evolution of a celebration in eastern Ontario, a markedly francophone part of an English-dominated Province, to illustrate these processes and the discursive and ideological tensions that arise from these changes.


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Article by Dr. Fernand de Varennes

Dr. de Varennes' article is entitled "Hope and despair: language rights in a multilingual world". In 2008, the International Year of Languages, could have seen a rush of interest and activities in the field of languages, but the response around the world has been rather weak. Whilst there have been many significant developments, both international and regional, from a legal and political viewpoint, with the progress of UNESCO, the United Nations, the Council of Europe and even the EU, amongst other organisations, and the implementation of measures in the field of linguistic diversity and language rights, the actual outcome of all of this has not been in line with the rhetoric. In fact, the majority of treaties and undertakings entered into are often deceptive, limited, or simply ineffective in many language-related areas. Nevertheless, there are still reasons for optimism despite what can be seen as a sorry lack of significant progress for many languages.


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Article by Professor David Lasagabaster, University of the Basque Country

"School curricula on multilingualism in the Basque Country: milestones, successes and attitudes to languages", by Dr. David Lasagabaster.


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Article by Albert Costa, of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra

The article "The costs and benefits associated with bilingualism", by Dr. Albert Costa. The society in which we live is characterised by its increasingly multicultural nature. This means that there are a growing number of people who can speak more than one language and who even grow up in bilingual environments. This article looks at the possible costs and benefits springing from bilingualism and the cognitive capacities of bilingual speakers.


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Public talk by Professor Stephen Hagen

The talk "Effects on the European economy of shortages of foreign language skills in enterprise (ELAN)" given by Stephen Hagen.


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Article by Kathryn A. Woolard, University of California, San Diego

"Legitimising languages: contrasting discourses with respect to language contact", by Dr. Kathryn A. Woolard.


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Article by Christian Münch

"Full language standardisation: sociolinguistic myth and reality" by Dr. Christian Münch.


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Public lecture by Dr. Peter MacIntyre

"Willingness to communicate in a second language: individual decision making in a social context". Peter D. MacIntyre, Cape Breton University. Part of the workshops on "willingness to communicate in a learned language".


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