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On the correlation between socioeconomics and policies of languages in official contexts

  • Joachim Grzega EMAIL logo


The article deals with the question of how the socioeconomic performance of countries is correlated with the kind and number of languages for official contexts. The study classifies the 197 countries of the world (as acknowledged at the time of gathering the underlying statistical socioeconomic data) into 12 types of language policies for official contexts. It is then analyzed how many times these 12 types occur among the Top Ten countries of 72 selected socioeconomic parameters. A chi-square test reveals that the differences are extremely statistically significant. The policy most clearly correlated with a positive socioeconomic picture is having one or two supraregional/state-wide official languages plus several regional official languages.

Published Online: 2011-11-04
Published in Print: 2011-November

© 2011 Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin/Boston

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