Re: GDP by language

From: John Cowan (
Date: Tue Oct 21 2003 - 13:36:23 CST

Mark Davis scripsit:

> Thus they are rough figures, since different language groups will have unequal
> distributions of GDP; and there may be significant multilingual populations.

In fact, officially multilingual countries are less likely to have polyglot
citizens than officially monolingual ones. The whole point of being officially
multilingual, after all, is to allow multiple groups of monoglots to get
equal access to government services. If most of your citizens are polyglots,
you may as well choose the language that most of them can speak, even as L2 or L3,
as the official language.

John Cowan
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There are
no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that
they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful. --The Hobbit

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