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Linguistic landscapes in South-East Asia, the politics of language and public signage, edited by Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi

Anchored within current issues and debates in the field of Linguistic Landscape (LL) scholarship, this edited volume is concerned with politics of language and the semiotic construction of space in multilingual and multi-ethnic Asian countries. Spanning Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, the chapters explore how different individuals and collectivities use semiotic resources in different spaces ⁰́₃ schools, airports, streets and shops as well as online platforms - to reinforce or contest existing social structures, bearing strong implications for language maintenance and cultural revitalization, construction of ethnolinguistic and national identities, and socioeconomic mobility. Section One looks into how globalization and its accompanying forces and influences - such as the importance of English in socioeconomic mobility - come into contact with local Asian cultures and languages. Section Two examines minority languages, demographically and socio-politically established in the countries, shedding light on the role of LL that plays in both their minorization and revitalization processes. Section Three investigates how LL is utilized as a site for constructing identities to pursue socioeconomic, political and cultural goals. It is within this perspective that the presence and salience of English in the LL of the countries along with the use of the Asian languages is analyzed and understood, shedding light on how Asian heritage languages and cultures are preserved and/or certain identities in the times of political unrest or economic development are expressed. This fascinating insight into linguistic landscapes in Asia will be of interest to researchers, students and policy makers in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics anywhere in the world
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Series -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- List of illustrations -- List of contributors -- Introduction -- Part I Globalization and Population Mobility -- 1 Language ideology in the linguistic landscape of Hanoi -- 2 Multilingual cityscape as symbolic construction of the public space in Taiwan: A study of two urban settings -- Part II Minority Languages -- 3 Constructing a visual multilingual reality in Singapore's schools -- 4 Accommodating Chinese community languages in Penang: Evidence from the linguistic landscape and local voices -- 5 Linguistic landscape and the struggle for survival: The case of Cavite Chabacano -- Part III Constructing, Negotiating and Contesting Identities -- 6 Understanding the identities of Hong Kong people through transgressive signs -- 7 Semiotic practices, power and identity: Linguistic Landscape at the airport in Shanghai -- 8 "Keep Original": Translanguaging and identity construction among East Javanese football supporters -- 9 Conclusion -- Index
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Includes index
Physical Description
1 online resource (231 pages)
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