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Linguistic Landscape : A New Approach to Multilingualism

Author: Durk Gorter
Publisher: Blue Ridge Summit, PA : Multilingual Matters, [2006] ©2006
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Language is all around us as it is displayed in texts on shop windows, commercial signs, posters, official notices, etc. Given a multitude of languages there, it does not come as a surprise that an increasing number of researchers have taken a closer look at languages on signs in the public space. The book reports on studies of the linguistic landscape in cities in countries around the globe: Israel, Japan,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Durk Gorter
ISBN: 9781853599170 1853599174
OCLC Number: 1078911308
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction: The Study of the Linguistic Landscape as a New Approach to Multilingualism / Gorter, Durk --
Linguistic Landscape as Symbolic Construction of the Public Space: The Case of Israel / Rafael, Eliezer Ben- / Shohamy, Elana / Amara, Muhammad Hasan / Hecht, Nira Trumper- --
Bangkok’s Linguistic Landscapes: Environmental Print, Codemixing and Language Change / Huebner, Thom --
Multilingualism in Tokyo: A Look into the Linguistic Landscape / Backhaus, Peter --
Linguistic Landscape and Minority Languages / Cenoz, Jasone / Gorter, Durk --
Further Possibilities for Linguistic Landscape Research / Gorter, Durk --
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Abstract:

Language is all around us as it is displayed in texts on shop windows, commercial signs, posters, official notices, etc. Given a multitude of languages there, it does not come as a surprise that an increasing number of researchers have taken a closer look at languages on signs in the public space. The book reports on studies of the linguistic landscape in cities in countries around the globe: Israel, Japan, Thailand, the Netherlands (Friesland) and Spain (the Basque Country). Their cultural, socio-economic and political circumstances are very divergent. Multimillion cities are included such as Bangkok and Tokyo, but also smaller cities such as Ljouwert-Leeuwarden and Donostia-San Sebastian. Multilingualism turns out to be an important dimension of the linguistic landscape everywhere, as well as the reflection of the process of globalisation, visible through the use of English. The study of the linguistic landscape is applied here as a means to increase our understanding of multilingualism and future directions are outlined.

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