Bloomsbury has just published Negotiating and Contesting Identities in Linguistic Landscapes, co-edited by Dr Robert Blackwood, Reader in French sociolinguistics in Modern Languages and Cultures, Professor Elizabeth Lanza (University of Oslo, Norway) and Dr Hirut Woldemariam (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia).
This volume stems from contributions to the fourth Linguistic Landscape Workshop, which took place in Addis Ababa in 2012, and includes analyses from four continents, examining vital issues across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. With geographical breadth, employing detailed case studies of cities as diverse as Berlin, Cape Town, Harar and Tel Aviv, the contributors engage with current questions within sociolinguistics, exploring them from the perspective of languages in the public space. Using different media, including market stalls in Zanzibar, walls in Minsk, and placards in Florence, the authors address the various ways in which social actors negotiate and contest identities with their surroundings at the start of the twenty-first century. The volume includes a chapter from Modern Languages & Culture’s Dr Stefania Tufi, who explores the linguistic landscape of Trieste, Italy.
In arenas as diverse as university campuses, football stadia, art festivals, and classrooms, multilingualism and multimodality are explored with the single thread of identity through linguistics and other semiotic resources linking these important contributions.