Re: GDP by language

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Tue Oct 21 2003 - 14:15:39 CST

I don't think it is quite that simple. Look at India, for example.

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From: "John Cowan" <>
To: "Mark Davis" <>
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Sent: Tue, 2003 Oct 21 12:36
Subject: Re: GDP by language

> Mark Davis scripsit:
> > Thus they are rough figures, since different language groups will have
> > 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
> 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
> 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

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