Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference
Edited By Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe
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
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.