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FW: Multilingualism in the world

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  • Don Osborn
    ... From: owner-lgpolicy-list@ccat.sas.upenn.edu [mailto:owner-lgpolicy-list@ccat.sas.upenn.edu] On Behalf Of rbhatt@uiuc.edu Sent: Monday, April 14, 2008
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 14, 2008
      Passing on this question from Rakesh Bhatt:

      -----Original Message-----
      From: owner-lgpolicy-list@...
      [mailto:owner-lgpolicy-list@...] On Behalf Of rbhatt@...
      Sent: Monday, April 14, 2008 10:03 PM
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      Subject: Multilingualism in the world

      Dear List members,

      Are there any statistics, or some raw numbers, to show that the world is
      (people in it are) indeed more multilingual than monolingual? I am quite
      aware of the definitional isues surrounding the terms
      mono-/multi-lingualism, but I need a non-nuanced answer/data to fully answer
      a question raised by one of my freshman undergrad student in my language in
      globalization class.

      Many thanks,
      Associate Professor of Linguistics and SLATE
      Department of Linguistics
      University of Illinois
      4080 FLB, 707 S. Mathews Ave
      Urbana, IL 61801

      Ph: 217-265-6308
      Fax: 217-244-8430

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