Managing risks and opportunities in multilingual knowledge economies: The possibilities of ethical investment movement to sustaining biolinguistic diversity

Singh, M and Scanlon, C 2003, 'Managing risks and opportunities in multilingual knowledge economies: The possibilities of ethical investment movement to sustaining biolinguistic diversity', 3L Journal of Language, Linguistics and Literature, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 8-17.


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Title Managing risks and opportunities in multilingual knowledge economies: The possibilities of ethical investment movement to sustaining biolinguistic diversity
Author(s) Singh, M
Scanlon, C
Year 2003
Journal name 3L Journal of Language, Linguistics and Literature
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 8
End page 17
Total pages 10
Publisher Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Abstract This paper argues that the ethical investment view of business, which acknowledges the interdependent relationships between financial, social and environmental risks, can be justifiably extended to include the sustainability of linguistic diversity. The first section of this paper briefly summarises the current state of the world's languages, noting that the vast majority of the world's languages are at risk of extinction. The reasons for declining linguistic diversity are explored in some detail. This is followed by a consideration of the intimate connections between language, knowledge and environmental sustainability. The next section explores the increasing significance of the multilingual knowledge economies including the emergence of linguistic niche markets, diasporic market segments and the cosmopolitan marketplace (Singh, 2001 b). Given the interrelationships between language, knowledge, ecological sustainability and the limits of economic over-development, the final section explores the potential for the ethical investment view of business, which acknowledges these interrelatioships, to be explicitly extended to sustaining multicultural and linguistic diversity.
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