Modelling endangered languages: The effects of bilingualism and social structure
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AbstractThe mathematical model for language competition developed by Abrams and Strogatz allows the evolution of the numbers of monolingual speakers of two competing languages to be estimated. In this paper, we extend the model to examine the role of bilingualism and social structure, neither of which are addressed in the previous model. We consider the impact of two strategies for language maintenance: (1) adjusting the status of the endangered language; and (2) adjusting the availability of monolingual and bilingual educational resources. The model allows us to predict for which scenarios of intervention language maintenance is more likely to be achieved. Qualitative analysis of the model indicates a set of intervention strategies by which the likelihood of successful maintenance is expected to increase. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
All Author(s) ListMinett JW, Wang WSY
Journal nameLingua
Year2008
Month1
Day1
Volume Number118
Issue Number1
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Pages19 - 45
ISSN0024-3841
eISSN1872-6135
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsagent-based model; dynamical system; language competition; language death; language maintenance
Web of Science Subject CategoriesLanguage & Linguistics; Linguistics; LINGUISTICS

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