Investigating the bilingual landscape of the Marshall Islands

Buchstaller, Isabelle and Alvanides, Seraphim (2018) Investigating the bilingual landscape of the Marshall Islands. In: Expanding the Linguistic Landscape: Linguistic Diversity, Multimodality and the Use of Space as a Semiotic Resource. Channel View Publications, pp. 203-228. ISBN 9781788922142

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While research on linguistic landscapes (LL) is fast becoming a mainstay of social science research, little of this inquiry has been conducted in the Pacific region. The small Pacific island states are particularly interesting because many are involved in a struggle for their right to the landscape (to paraphrase Lefebvre, 1968). This chapter reports on interdisciplinary research in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), which has recently proposed a bilingual strategy for public signage. We report our empirical findings on language use in the LL of the RMI at the cusp of this new language policy, as well as our research methods, which aim to make our findings accessible to local stakeholders. By feeding our results back to the relevant authorities, we hope to inform language policy strategy in this ongoing struggle for ethnolinguistic identity construction.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 14:13
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 18:31

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