Three researchers from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures presented their work at the seventh international Linguistic Landscapes workshop at UC Berkeley at the start of May. Following meetings in Tel Aviv (2008), Siena (2009), Strasbourg (2010), Addis Ababa (2012), Namur, Belgium (2013), and Cape Town (2014), this was the first of the workshops to take place in the USA, and was organised by the Berkeley Language Centre.
The University of Liverpool was represented by Dr Robert Blackwood (French), Dr Stefania Tufi (Italian), and Will Amos (PGR in sociolinguistics). Robert Blackwood discussed the diachronic potential of Linguistic Landscape research, based on his fieldwork in Brittany and Northern Catalonia, whilst Stefania Tufi reflected on questions of linguistic citizenship, drawing on her work in Genoa, Naples, and Sicily. Will Amos tackled some of the methodological challenges he experienced during a recent project on Liverpool’s Chinatown.
The workshop was also the opportunity for the launch the new journal, Linguistic Landscapes, published by John Benjamins, and edited by Professors Elana Shohamy and Eliezer Ben-Rafael. The journal opens with a double issue, comprising reflections on developments in Linguistic Landscape studies over the past eight years.
The Liverpool researchers also revealed the plans for the LL workshop to come to Merseyside in 2016. The conference will take place in the spring, and the call for papers will be published in the coming months, with information currently available via the workshop’s Twitter feed.