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Language Contact Around the Globe

Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference

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Edited By Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe

The fifth volume in the series Language Competence and Language Awareness in Europe unites a collection of peer-reviewed papers delivered at the Third Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization (LCTG3) at the University of Greifswald in 2011. The papers are arranged in five thematic sections: Part I studies lexical and grammatical borrowing and pseudo-loans. Part II looks at code-switching and language intertwining in different contexts, while Part III is concerned with the power, political backup and use of different languages in multilingual settings. This is followed by Part IV which comprises three articles on the Linguistic Landscapes of different urban areas. Finally, Part V focuses on language choices in literature and institutional settings.
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Yael Guilat (Oranim Academic College) and Shoshi Waksman (Levinsky College of Education, Tel Aviv): The linguistic landscape of Israel’s military cemeteries as a field of symbolic contestation

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The linguistic landscape of Israel’s military cemeteries as a field of symbolic contestation

Yael Guilat and Shoshi Waksman

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The chapter focuses on the changing semiotic landscape of Military cemeteries (MC) in Israel as a text embedded in a specific social-political context. The data consists of a two-year visual documentation of military cemeteries in various places in Israel and interviews with relevant role holders and observations on daily-life practices in the cemeteries. Based on a mixed methodological approach, we concluded that the early uniformity which characterized MCs until the last decades is giving way to a more heterogeneous linguistic landscape. This heterogeneity is embodied in all aspects related to scripts and multimodal resources. The MCs are overflowing with scripts, languages, genres, writing platforms, artifacts, and landscaping styles that change the spatial design. Those changes were interpreted as a shift from a production of a collective national place of commemoration towards a production of a personal collected memories space, a process which is embodied in a dynamic multimodal linguistic landscape that blends various languages and discourses.

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