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Title: Linguistic Landscapes
Subtitle: A comparative study of urban multilingualism in Tokyo
Written By: Peter Backhaus
Series Title: Multilingual Matters

Linguistic Landscapes is the first comprehensive approach to a largely
under-explored sociolinguistic phenomenon: language on signs. Based on an
up-to-date review of previous research from various places around the
world, the book develops an analytical framework for the systematic
analysis of linguistic landscape data. This framework is applied to a
sample of 2,444 signs collected in 28 survey areas in central Tokyo.
Analytical categories include the languages contained and their
combinations, differences between official and nonofficial signs,
geographic distribution, availability of translation or transliteration,
linguistic idiosyncrasies, and the comparison of older and newer signs,
among others. Combining qualitative and quantitative methods, the analysis
yields some unique insights about the writers of multilingual signs, their
readers, and the languages and scripts in contact. Linguistic Landscapes
thus demonstrates that the study of language on signs has much to
contribute to research into urban multilingualism, as well as the study of
language and society as a whole.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781853599477
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 168
Prices: U.K. £ 54.95
U.S. $ 99.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781853599460
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 168
Prices: U.K. £ 21.95
U.S. $ 39.95