Towards a taxonomy of arguments for and against street renaming: Exploring the discursive embedding of street name changes in the Leipzig cityscape

Buchstaller, Isabelle, Schneider, Carolin and Alvanides, Seraphim (2022) Towards a taxonomy of arguments for and against street renaming: Exploring the discursive embedding of street name changes in the Leipzig cityscape. Linguistic Landscape. An international journal. ISSN 2214-9953 (In Press)

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Abstract

In 2016, a special issue of the Linguistic Landscapes: An International Journal explored the nexus between LL and collective memory studies, calling for more research at the interface of these disciplines. Our analysis adds to recent studies by exploring the ways in which commemorative street renaming processes are discursively embedded. We build on research on memorialisation as well as critical toponymy to analyse media discourses that accompany, support or contest commemorative naming practices in the urban streetscape of a large East German city during the last century. Based on this dataset, we develop a typology of arguments against or in favour of street renaming. The longitudinal analysis of discourses in the local press vis-à-vis ongoing resemioticisation reveals a complex relationship between lived political history, freedom of the press, the type of argument and the stances encoded therein.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical toponymy, commemoration, collective memory, street names, media discourse, East Germany
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2022 15:03
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2022 10:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48438

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