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Signs of multilingualism in the urban linguistic landscapes of Fiji and Vanuatu: reflections of national identity

Willans, Fiona and Gure, Jim and Koro, Salanieta (2020) Signs of multilingualism in the urban linguistic landscapes of Fiji and Vanuatu: reflections of national identity. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 26 (4). pp. 475-498. ISSN 1350-4630

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Abstract

This paper examines the visibility of different languages within the landscapes of two capital cities, Suva (Fiji) and Port Vila (Vanuatu), as an exploration of symbolic constructions of national identity. Data from digital photographs is analysed from four different angles: the languages that appear to be used to serve and sell to the multilingual public of each city; the languages that are found on top-down official signage; the presence or absence of the indigenous languages of the land from which independent nations have been created; and the fusions of multiple linguistic resources together as signs of a national linguistic hybridity that is meaningful to all.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Fiona Willans
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 10:39
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2020 16:46
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12179
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