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Since the publication of the very first papers in language economics in the 1960s, this field of investigation has significantly expanded and has been addressing a growing range of issues. In the last fifteen years, the most noticeable evolution has been a twin emphasis on language policy issues and on multilingualism, as distinct from a focus on the fortunes of a particular language. At the same time, language economics has remained at the margins of the economics discipline, and has not gained the institutional recognition enjoyed by education economics or environmental economics, for example. The advantage of this fringe status may be a more pronounced willingness to engage with other disciplines when confronting a variety of issues, including new topics relevant to the understanding of the links between language and economics, with its implications at various levels, including translation. This lecture presents a general overview of language economics, emphasising how the specialty has dealt with theoretical challenges coming from other areas of research (often with contradictory orientations), before turning to the response of language economics to two major contemporary issues: making sense of globalisation; and reconsidering linguistic hegemony in the context of macro-level language dynamics.
All seminars are open to the general public. They will be in the Sala de Graus, Ave. Catalunya 35, Tarragona.