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1 April 2009 Demography and Language Competition
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Attempts to describe language competition and extinction in a mathematical way have enjoyed increased popularity recently. In this paper I review recent modeling approaches and, based on these findings, propose a model of reaction-diffusion type. I analyze the dynamics of interactions of a population with two monolingual groups and a group that is bilingual in these two languages. The results show that demographic factors, such as population growth or population dispersal, play an important role in the competition dynamic. Furthermore, I consider the impact of two strategies for language maintenance: adjusting the status of the endangered language and adjusting the availability of monolingual and bilingual educational resources.

Copyright © 2009 Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan 48201-1309
Anne Kandler "Demography and Language Competition," Human Biology 81(3), 181-210, (1 April 2009). https://doi.org/10.3378/027.081.0305
Received: 13 January 2009; Accepted: 29 April 2009; Published: 1 April 2009
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