The Fate of Bilingualism in a Model of Language Competition

  • Xavier Castelló
  • Lucía Loureiro-Porto
  • Víctor M. Eguíluz
  • Maxi San Miguel


In the general context of dynamics of social consensus, we study an agent based model for the competition between two socially equivalent languages, addressing the role of bilingualism and social structure. In a regular network, we study the formation of linguistic domains and their interaction across the boundaries. We analyse also a small world social structure, in order to capture the effect of long range social interactions. In both cases, a final scenario of dominance of one language and extinction of the other is obtained, but with smaller times for extinction in the latter case. In addition, we compare our results to our previous work on the agent based version of Abrams-Strogatz model.


Agent Base Model Small World Small World Network Regular Lattice Voter Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xavier Castelló
    • 1
  • Lucía Loureiro-Porto
    • 2
  • Víctor M. Eguíluz
    • 1
  • Maxi San Miguel
    • 1
  1. 1.IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB)Campus Universitat de les Illes BalearsPalma de MallorcaSpain
  2. 2.Dep. Filologia Espanyola, Moderna i LlatinaUniversitat de les Illes BalearsPalma de MallorcaSpain

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