Publication details [#59204]

Chun, Christian W. 2014. Mobilities of a linguistic landscape at Los Angeles City Hall Park. Journal of Language and Politics 13 (4) : 653–674.
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John Benjamins
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This article expands a category of linguistic landscapes, the signs by individuals in public spaces, to include another form of linguistic landscape even more transgressive in nature and intent: the panoply of protest signs produced and mobilized by the Occupy Movement during the Fall of 2011 at Los Angeles City Hall Park. The data are drawn from photographs taken of these signs at the Park and the near vicinity, a YouTube video of a protest sign, a blog commenting on this sign, and a political cartoon using the same image featured on two other signs. It is explored how social actors drew upon and mediated specific discourses in their protest signs that became transportable across time and space, the role of these signs in transforming public space, and this linguistic landscape’s ensuing mobilities in its mediated relocations to online social media sites and blogs.