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    Measuring diversity in multilingual communication

    Gazzola, M. and Templin, T. and McEntee-Atalianis, Lisa (2020) Measuring diversity in multilingual communication. Social Indicators Research 147 , pp. 545-566. ISSN 0303-8300.

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    This article develops new indices to measure linguistic diversity. It is new in two respects: firstly, existing indices to measure the probability that in a given multilingual context communication among people speaking different languages can successfully occur are based on the assumption that communication is possible only if at least one single language is shared. This study develops new indices that describe the probability that people with different linguistic repertoires can effectively communicate not only through one common language, but also by relying on their receptive competence in multiple languages, or a mix between the two communication strategies. Secondly, it develops indices to measure the degree of diversity of language policies aimed at providing multilingual communication (through translation and interpretation). The focus, therefore, is on the organisation as collective actors rather than individuals. The indices may be relevant to the study of the political and economic implications of linguistic diversity in multilingual countries, and in the management of diversity in multilingual organisations.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Linguistic diversity, Indicators, Language policy, Multilingual communication, Probability theory, Public administration
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 09:32
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:46


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