In this comprehensive and pioneering volume, language scholars from around the world examine the "linguistic landscape" from multiple perspectives – theoretical, methodological, and critical. Written by widely recognized experts, the articles in Linguistic Landscape analyze linguistic landscapes in a range of international contexts. Dozens of photographs illustrate the use of language in the environment – the words and images displayed and exposed in public spaces. Suitable for graduate or advanced undergraduate students in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and language policy studies, Linguistic Landscape is a vital contribution to a burgeoning field.
"Linguistic Landscape charts new territory by expanding the methodological, theoretical, and empirical boundaries of the field. It is essential reading for all interested in this rapidly growing area of research."
-Kendall King, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University, USA
"This book is a substantial expansion of the framework for studies of 'linguistic landscape'. Only a decade after its coinage, the term is becoming a major focus of sociolinguistics, attracting myriad theoretical and methodological approaches and revealing manifold practical and political implications. It is the wealth of aspects and contexts as well as the multitude of research perspectives which makes this volume extremely rewarding reading for the expert as well as the student or the language planning and policy practitioner."
Ulrich Ammon, Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
"With this collection, Elana Shohamy and Durk Gorter have demonstrated just how productive the notion 'linguistic landscape' has been in furthering our understanding of language attitudes and of the role of language in multilingual societies. Just as importantly, the individual contributors validate the theoretical power of the construct. It's welcome to have both aspects addressed so comprehensively and so competently in one book."
-Margie S. Berns, Purdue University, USA
'…a significant contribution to the field…' Language in Society