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Linguistic Landscapes, Multilingualism and Social Change


Edited By Christine Hélot, Monica Barni, Rudi Janssens and Carla Bagna

The study of linguistic landscapes, the analysis and interpretation of the relationships between languages and spaces, is a blooming field in current sociolinguistics. In all their diversity, linguistic landscapes can be seen as the linguistic mirror of the dynamics of our globalised society. This book offers a selection of the best presentations given at the 3 rd International Linguistic Landscape Workshop, which took place at the University of Strasbourg in May 2010. The various contributions offer new perspectives on the mapping of multilingualism in different social contexts, and analyse how the linguistic landscape reflects social change. The book includes chapters in French and in English and provides a wide array of case studies dealing with language policy, political activism, art, advertising, religion, literacy, education and migration.


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Ana Isabel Andrade is a Professor in the Department of Education at the Univer- sity of Aveiro (Portugal), where she teaches subjects related to Language Didactics, and co-coordinates LALE – (Laboratory of Research and Training in Foreign Lan- guages). She has been involved in several research and teacher education pro- grammes in the areas of linguistic diversity, plurilingualism and intercomprehen- sion. She has supervised several dissertations and theses in the field of language and teacher education. Monica Barni is a full professor in Educational Linguistics at the Università per Stranieri, Siena. Her research deals mainly with issues of language policy in educa- tion, specifically in relation to immigrants, and in purilingual societies. Her publica- tions focus in particular on the analysis of the impact of national and European lan- guage policies in educational contexts and of the conditions of plurilingualism and linguistic contact in Italy. Carla Bagna is a Researcher in Foreign Language Teaching at the Università per Stranieri di Siena (University for Foreigners in Siena, Italy). She carries out research on language teaching, in particular L2 Italian, on immigrant languages in Italian so- ciety and schools, and on new methodologies for collecting and analysing data on their presence, diffusion, vitality and visibility, in order to study the contexts and conditions of plurilingualism and linguistic contact in Italy, and thus to suggest suit- able measures to be taken in language education. She directs the Language Centre of the University for Foreigners in Siena. Eliezer Ben-Rafael est professeur Emeritus de Sociologie à l’Universit...

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