Dynamic Models of Language Evolution: The Economic Perspective

  • Andrew John


The economics of language may not yet be a mainstream subfield of economics. It is, however, a vibrant area of study that has by now generated a substantial volume of research. The investigation of this topic is generally traced back to Marschak (1965), who appears to have been the first to bring economic concepts — such as costs and efficiency — to the study of language. Most of the chapters in this volume concern how language, broadly defined, influences economic variables; such research has demonstrated that there are benefits from incorporating linguistic variables and considerations into several different areas of traditional economic analysis. In this chapter I address the reverse question: how do economic analysis and economic reasoning provide insight into linguistic phenomena? More specifically, I consider how economics and economic models shed light on language change.


Language Evolution Language Policy Linguistic Diversity Network Externality Language Group 
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