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This report is a review of evidence on the relationship between the Welsh language, and other languages relevant to the linguistic context in Wales, and the economy.

It also identifies areas of research that could be further explored and developed. In addition to examining the evidence in relation to the Welsh language the review assesses the evidence available on languages judged to share similar characteristics with Welsh in terms of their sociolinguistic context.

Main findings

Most of the evidence included in the review is focussed on understanding or assessing the effect of linguistic factors on economic variables, such as individuals’ labour market outcomes, and individuals’ attitudes to enterprise and business.

The review suggests there is less empirical evidence of the impact of economic policies, activities and trends on language.

A few studies provide evidence of the perceived value of Welsh language skills in some businesses, and evidence of some consumers’ preference for Welsh language services.

The review found little quantitative evidence of the commercial value of bilingual products and services. However, some studies have gathered the views of companies about the perceived impact of the use of Welsh on business turnover and growth.

Reports

The Welsh language and the economy: a review of evidence and methods
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The Welsh language and the economy: a review of evidence and methods (summary)
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Contact

Catrin Redknap

Telephone: 0300 025 5720

Media

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