Linguistic Landscape | An international journal

In this day and age languages surround us everywhere; languages appear in flashy advertisements and commercials, names of buildings, streets and shops, instructions and warning signs, graffiti and cyber space. The dynamic field of Linguistic Landscape (LL) attempts to understand the motives, uses, ideologies, language varieties and contestations of multiple forms of ‘languages’ as they are displayed in public spaces. The rapidly growing research in LL grants it increasing importance within the field of language studies. LL research is grounded in a variety of theories, from politics and sociology to linguistics, and education, geography, economics, and law. The peer reviewed journal, Linguistic Landscape. An international journal (LL), plans to publish highly rigorous research anchored in a variety of disciplines. It is open to all research methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative and others) and concerned with all domains and perspectives of LL. It will also include thematic issues around a given topic, book reviews and discussion forums.

LL publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 2214-9953 | E-ISSN 2214-9961
Sample issue: LL 3:1
Elana Shohamy | Tel Aviv University, Israel | elana at
Robert Blackwood | University of Liverpool, UK | robert.blackwood at
Editor Emeritus
Eliezer Ben-Rafael | Tel Aviv University, Israel
Associate Editors
Jackie Jia Lou | Birkbeck, University of London, UK
David Malinowski | San José State University, USA
Amiena Peck | University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Book Review Editor
Kellie Gonçalves | University of Bern, Switzerland
Editorial Board
Monica Barni | University for Foreigners, Siena, Italy
Jan Blommaert † | Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Jasone Cenoz | University of the Basque Country, Spain
Rebecca T. Garvin | Arkansas Tech University, USA
Durk Gorter | University of the Basque Country, Spain
David I. Hanauer | Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
Christine Hélot | University of Strasbourg, France
Thom Huebner | San José State University, USA
Adam Jaworski | University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Rodney H. Jones | University of Reading, UK
Jeffrey L. Kallen | Trinity College, Ireland
Patricia Lamarre | University of Montreal, Canada
Elizabeth Lanza | University of Oslo, Norway
Jennifer Leeman | George Mason University, USA
Tommaso M. Milani | University of Gothenburg, Sweden & University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Gabriella Modan | The Ohio State University, USA
Luisa Martín Rojo | University Autónoma of Madrid, Spain
Laurence Mettewie | University of Namur, Belgium
Aneta Pavlenko | University of Oslo, Norway
Alastair Pennycook | University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Sari Pietikäinen | University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Bernard Spolsky † | Bar Ilan University, Israel
Christopher Stroud | University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Crispin Thurlow | University of Bern, Switzerland
Stefania Tufi | University of Liverpool, UK
Shoshi Waksman | Levinsky College of Education, Tel Aviv, Israel
Hirut Woldemaram | Addis Abeba University, Ethiopia
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Volume 8 (2022)

Volume 7 (2021)

Volume 6 (2020)

Volume 5 (2019)

Volume 4 (2018)

Volume 3 (2017)

Volume 2 (2016)

Volume 1 (2015)

Latest articles

15 September 2022

  • Robert Blackwood Deirdre A. Dunlevy (eds.). 2021. Multilingualism in public space: Empowering and transforming communities
    Reviewed by Samantha Goodchild
  • Patricia Gubitosi Michelle F. Ramos Pellicia (Eds.). 2021. Linguistic Landscape in the Spanish-speaking World
    Reviewed by Durk Gorter
  • 1 September 2022

  • Scaling the pandemic dispositive : A multimodal analysis of mask-requirement signs during 2020
    Jannis Androutsopoulos | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 131–148
  • ‘Together, soon enough’ : Melbourne’s affective-discursive landscape during and since lockdown
    Joseph Comer | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 149–167
  • A sign in the window : Social norms and community resilience through handmade signage in the age of Covid-19
    Gordon C. C. Douglas | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 184–201
  • (Un)masking Seoul : The mask as a static and dynamic semiotic device for renegotiating space
    Eldin Milak | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 233–247
  • Signs at work : New labor relations and structures of feeling in Washington, D.C.’s Covid landscape
    Gabriella Modan Katie J. Wells | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 281–298
  • Citizen Linguistic Landscape, bordering practices, and semiotic ideology in the COVID-19 pandemic
    Prem Phyak Bal Krishna Sharma | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 219–232
  • Covid-19 and public responsibility : A multimodal critical discourse analysis of blaming the public during the UK’s third wave
    Louis Strange | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 168–183
  • Complicating solidarity : The Hong Kong Covid-19 landscape
    Andre Joseph Theng , Vincent Wai Sum Tse Jasper Zhao Zhen Wu | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 264–280
  • Hybrid places : The reconfiguration of domestic space in the time of Covid-19
    Stefania Tufi | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 202–218
  • Aggressive banners, dialect-shouting village heads, and their online fame : Construction and consumption of rural Linguistic Landscapes in China’s anti-Covid campaign
    Feifei Zhou | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 248–263
  • The Linguistic Landscape of Covid-19
    Jackie Jia Lou , David Malinowski Amiena Peck | LL 8:2-3 (2022) pp. 123–130
  • 11 July 2022

  • Legitimization and recontextualization of languages : The imbalance of powers in a multilingual landscape
    Gabriel Simungala Hambaba Jimaima
  • 24 May 2022

  • Greg Niedt Corinne A. Seals (Eds). 2021. Linguistic Landscapes beyond the Language Classroom
    Reviewed by Judith Purkarthofer
  • 20 May 2022

  • Diane Elizabeth Johnson . 2021. Linguistic Landscaping and the Pacific Region: Colonization, indigenous identities, and critical discourse theory
    Reviewed by Guangxiang Liu
  • 15 February 2022

  • Does the Linguistic Landscape influence happiness? Framing perceptions of language signs among speech communities in Germany
    Connor Malloy
  • 8 February 2022

  • Towards a taxonomy of arguments for and against street renaming : Exploring the discursive embedding of street name changes in the Leipzig cityscape
    Isabelle Buchstaller , Carolin Schneider Seraphim Alvanides
  • 19 January 2022

  • Social actors in the Singaporean LL : Sign uptake, market ideology, and language hierarchies
    Anna Tsiola
  • 12 January 2022

  • David Malinowski , Hiram H. Maxim Sébastian Dubreil (Eds.). 2020. Language Teaching in the Linguistic Landscape: Mobilizing Pedagogy in Public Space
    Reviewed by Marion Mathier | LL 8:1 (2022) pp. 118–121
  • 20 December 2021

  • Degrees of authenticity : Emulation, hybridity, and place-making in Vietnamese landscapes
    Anh Khoi Nguyen | LL 8:1 (2022) p. 85
  • Shonna Trinch Edward Snajdr . 2020. What the signs say: reading a changing Brooklyn
    Reviewed by Johan Järlehed | LL 8:1 (2022) pp. 114–117
  • 9 November 2021

  • Examining social class and multilingualism through the Linguistic Landscape : A methodological proposal
    Xinyue Lu , Bethany Martens Peter Sayer | LL 8:1 (2022) pp. 32–55
  • 21 September 2021

  • Robert Blackwood John Macalister (Eds.). 2020. Multilingual Memories: Monuments, Museums and the Linguistic Landscape
    Reviewed by Robert Train | LL 7:3 (2021) pp. 348–351
  • 30 July 2021

  • Developing beginning language learners’ (meta-)cultural understanding via student-led Linguistic Landscape research
    Yu Li , Hakyoon Lee Bumyong Choi | LL 8:1 (2022) pp. 56–84
  • 28 July 2021

  • Jerry Won Lee Sender Dovchin (Eds.). 2020. Translinguistics: Negotiating Innovation and Ordinariness
    Reviewed by Nina Dumrukcic | LL 7:3 (2021) pp. 344–347
  • 16 June 2021

  • Diaspora and Asian spaces in a transnational world
    Thom Huebner | LL 7:2 (2021) pp. 117–127
  • 25 May 2021

  • Perceptions of invisible Zhuang minority language in Linguistic Landscapes of the People’s Republic of China and implications for language policy
    Alexandra Grey | LL 7:3 (2021) pp. 259–284
  • 26 April 2021

  • The intersection of nation and gender in the Linguistic Landscape of Ireland’s Eighth Amendment referendum campaign
    Louis Strange | LL 8:1 (2022) pp. 1–31
  • 20 April 2021

  • Kindergartens in Northern Norway as semiotic landscapes
    Anja Maria Pesch , Maria Dardanou Hilde Sollid | LL 7:3 (2021) pp. 314–343
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    Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal's online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

    If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors by e-mail: Elana Shohamy, at elana at and Robert Blackwood, at Robert.Blackwood at


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    1. Authors wishing to submit articles for publication in Lingusitic Language are requested to do so through the journal’s  online submission and manuscript tracking site All other inquiries should be directed towards the editors by e-mailing the journal at: Elana Shohamy, at elana at and Robert Blackwood, at Robert.Blackwood at

    2. Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition. Submissions that do not follow the APA style or that do not correspond to the focus of LL will be returned to authors without review.

    3. Contributions must be in English. Spelling should be either American English or British English and should be consistent throughout the paper. If not written by a native speaker, it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker prior to submission.

    4. All articles published in this journal are double-blind peer reviewed. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or left blank when manuscripts are first submitted. Authors are responsible for reinserting self-identifying citations and references when manuscripts are prepared for final submission.

    5. For initial submission, authors should submit their MANUSCRIPT in electronic form in Word only, double-spaced with 3 cm/1 inch margins. While submitting the manuscript, authors must provide a concise and informative title of the article; the name, affiliation, and address of each author; a self-contained abstract in English (100-150 words) that should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references, and five to ten keywords to be used for indexing purposes.

    6. Submissions should be approximately 8,500 words long.

    7. Upon acceptance, the author will be requested to furnish the FINAL VERSION in electronic form (Word).

    8. Authors are responsible for observing copyright laws when quoting or reproducing material. The copyright of articles published in APLV is held by the publisher. Permission for the author to use the article elsewhere will be granted by the publisher provided full acknowledgement is given to the source.

    9. Authors should provide the final version of the 100-150 word abstract in English and at least one other language.

    10. Papers should be reasonably divided into sections and, if appropriate, subsections. The headings of these subsections should be numbered in Arabic numerals (1.; 1.1.; 1.1.1.). Authors are advised not to use more than three levels of displayed headings.

    11. Images should be submitted as reproducible originals. They should be of the highest quality, numbered consecutively, appropriate captions should be provided, an be limited to a maximum of 10 per article. If there is need for more images you should first get in touch with the editors. Reference to the images should be given in the appropriate place where they should appear.

    12. TABLES should be numbered consecutively and should be referred to in the main text. TABLES should be created with Word’s table function, not as spreadsheets.

    13. NOTES should appear as ENDNOTES and should be concise, kept to a minimum, and numbered consecutively throughout the paper.

    14. REFERENCES in the text should be formatted according to APA style:

    A Work by Two Authors: Name both authors in the signal phrase or in the parentheses each time you cite the work. Use the word “and” between the authors’ names within the text and use the ampersand in the parentheses.

    Research by Wegener and Petty (1994) supports...

    Research supports…. (Wegener & Petty, 1994)

    A Work by Three to Five Authors: List all the authors in the signal phrase or in parentheses the first time you cite the source.

    (Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, & Harlow, 1993)

    In subsequent citations, only use the first author’s last name followed by “et al.” in the signal phrase or in parentheses.

    (Kernis et al., 1993)

    In et al. , et should not be followed by a period.

    Six or More Authors: Use the first author’s name followed by et al. in the signal phrase or in parentheses.

    Harris et al. (2001) argued...

    (Harris et al., 2001)

    Two or More Works in the Same Parentheses: When your parenthetical citation includes two or more works, order them the same way they appear in the reference list, separated by a semi-colon. That means that they are in alphabetical, not chronological order.

    (Berndt, 2002; Harlow, 1983)

    Authors With the Same Last Name: To prevent confusion, use first initials with the last names.

    (E. Johnson, 2001; L. Johnson, 1998)

    Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year: If you have two sources by the same author in the same year, use lower-case letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. Use the lower-case letters with the year in the in-text citation.

    Research by Berndt (1981a) illustrated that...

    Book (monograph):

    Montrul, S.A. (2008). Incomplete acquisition in bilingualism. Re-examining the age factor. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


    Anderson, B. (2002). The fundamental equivalence of native and interlanguage grammars: Evidence from argument licensing and adjective position. Unpublished dotoral dissertation, Indiana University.

    Book (edited volume):

    Brinton, D., Kagan, O., & Bauckus, S. (Eds.). (2008). Heritage language education. A new field emerging. London: Routledge.

    Article (in book):

    Bullock, B.E., & Toribio, A.J. (2009). Trying to hit a moving target: On the sociophonetics of code-switching. In L. Isurin, D. Winford, & K. de Bot (Eds.), Multidisciplinary approaches to code switching (pp. 189-206). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Articles (in journal):

    Grosjean, F. (1998). Studying bilinguals. Methodological and conceptual issues. Bilingualism, Language and Cognition, 1(2), 131-149.

    Bobaljik, J.D., & Wurmbrand, S. (2002). Notes on agreement in Itelmen. Linguistic Discovery, 1(1). Available from

    Electronic, online sources:

    Liberman, M. (2006). Uptalk is not HRT. Language Log, 28 March 2006, retrieved on 30 March, from

    15. Authors are kindly requested to check their manuscripts very carefully before submission in order to avoid delays in publication. The first author will receive a PDF file with page proofs for final correction. One set must be returned with corrections by the dates determined by the publication schedule. Any author’s alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author.

    16. Authors of main articles will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their paper appears.



    Communication Studies

    Communication Studies

    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General