Why English Dominates the Central Economy: An Economic Perspective on “Elite Closure” and South African Language Policy

Laurence Wright
  • February 2015, Oxford University Press (OUP)
  • DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363391.003.0009

What is it about?

The paper supplies an economic argument to explain the still-persisting dominance of English in South Africa's central economy and, by implication, in other comparable sub-Saharan polities.

Why is it important?

The clear implication of this paper is that the international language policy discourse which drove the formation of South Africa's post-apartheid language policy was impoverished and inadequate because it failed to consider the economic basis of language behaviour.

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