Linguistic Landscapes and Minority Languages

Durk Gorter, Heiko F. Marten, Luk Van Mensel

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Studies on the Linguistic Landscapes (LL) investigate frequencies, functions and power relations between languages and their speakers in public space. Research on the LL thereby aims to understand how the production and perception of signs reflect and simultaneously shape realities. In this sense, the LL is one of the most dynamic places where processes of minoritization take place: the (in)visibility of minority languages and the functional and symbolic relationships to majority languages are in direct relationship with negotiations of minorities’ place in society.
This chapter looks at minority languages in the LL from two major perspectives: It first discusses languages policies, focussing on which policy categories and which domains of language use are of particular relevance for understanding minority languages in the LL. Then, it turns to issues of conflict, contestation and exclusion by providing examples from a range of geographically and typologically prototypical case studies, including Israel, Canada, Belgium, the Basque Country, and Friesland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities
EditorsGabrielle Hogan-Brun, Bernadette O'Rourke
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781137540669
ISBN (Print)9781137540652
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2018


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