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Query Details

Query Subject:   Monolingualism Worldwide
Author:   Stan Anonby
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics

Query:   In the Americas, where I've worked, massive urbanization has resulted in a
shift from multilingualism to monolingualism in English, Spanish, or
Portuguese. I know very little about the rest of the world, but what I do
know seems to indicate that urbanization isn't as far along in Africa and
Asia. Furthermore, urbanization in Asia and Africa seems to result in a
shift from monolingualism to multilingualism. Since the population of the
New World is smaller, I'd guess that the percentage of monolinguals is
decreasing worldwide.

However, I'd like to pose the following question to the list
members: Is the percentage of monolinguals in the world increasing or

Stan Anonby
LL Issue: 15.3191
Date posted: 13-Nov-2004


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