Publication details [#57286]

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John Benjamins


This paper discusses methods of capturing linguistic diversity in urban areas. One of these methods is “linguistic landscaping”, which is used not only in the traditional manner, but also with substantial additions to include the communicative process in which the signs are used. To compensate for the neglect of spoken language in linguistic landscaping, the concept of “linguistic soundscaping” is introduced. Linguistic soundscaping uses a variety of methods to make spoken multilingual communication perceptively accessible and describable. Through linguistic soundscaping, this paper documents which languages people use orally, where they use them and for which purposes. It is concluded that studying actual language practice allows us to understand better the benefits and challenges that social diversity brings about.