Event Title

Spirit in the Material World: A Multi-Modal Analysis of Multilingualism in Three Linguistic Landscapes

Location

SU 003

Department

Linguistics

Abstract

This presentation looks at the findings in a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project with students and faculty from the United States, India, and Italy, analyzing multilingualism in the Linguistic Landscape in three places around the world: Chicago, various locations in India, and Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. A Linguistic Landscape is written language displayed in public locations. Each location represents one of the three concentric circles of Barj Kachru’s Three Circles of English. Specifically, we look at public signs and murals, the multiple languages used, and the use of English. In addition to the use of various languages, we discuss the manner in which the text is presented via visual semiotics and its implications. Our research furthers the analysis of multilingualism in the Linguistic Landscape and the interplay of English and how it is used in each of the Three Circles of English. We hope to publish our findings with our peers in COIL in the journal World Englishes.

Faculty Sponsor

Richard Hallett, Northeastern Illinois University

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May 6th, 10:00 AM

Spirit in the Material World: A Multi-Modal Analysis of Multilingualism in Three Linguistic Landscapes

SU 003

This presentation looks at the findings in a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project with students and faculty from the United States, India, and Italy, analyzing multilingualism in the Linguistic Landscape in three places around the world: Chicago, various locations in India, and Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. A Linguistic Landscape is written language displayed in public locations. Each location represents one of the three concentric circles of Barj Kachru’s Three Circles of English. Specifically, we look at public signs and murals, the multiple languages used, and the use of English. In addition to the use of various languages, we discuss the manner in which the text is presented via visual semiotics and its implications. Our research furthers the analysis of multilingualism in the Linguistic Landscape and the interplay of English and how it is used in each of the Three Circles of English. We hope to publish our findings with our peers in COIL in the journal World Englishes.