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5 - The Economics of Language Diversity and Language Resilience in the Balkans

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 March 2020

Cécile B. Vigouroux
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
Salikoko S. Mufwene
University of Chicago
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We focus here on the resilience and sustainability of the Greek language in southern Albania, looking at it from the perspective of both economics and the ecology of language. Greek is a minority language in the region, spoken by as many as 100,000 speakers in a number of small villages and small urban centers. We chronicle here the ways in which the language has survived despite a near-perfect storm of factors working against it, and we provide an economic-theory rationale. A parallel is drawn to the fate of Turkish in Bulgaria.

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Print publication year: 2020

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