Linguistic Landscape

Un libro in lingua di Gorter D. (EDT) edito da Multilingual Matters Ltd, 2006

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Gorter (head of the social sciences research group at the Fryske Akademy, a Netherlands-based scientific center for research focusing on the Frisian language) presents a special edition of the International Journal of Multilingualism that contains four papers on the linguistic landscape of cities in Israel, Thailand, Japan, the Netherlands (Friesland), and Spain (the Basque Country). The papers analyze the "language of public road signs, advertising billboards, street names, place names, commercial shop signs, and public signs on government buildings" in each of the cases. With some of the studies discussing homogenous linguistic landscapes and others looking at more mixed ones, the papers discuss issues of the relation between the linguistic landscape and societal power relations, issues of language borrowing, the notions of power and solidarity as they relate to official and nonofficial multilingual signs, and comparative uses of minority languages versus state languages. Distributed in the US by UTP Distribution. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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