Semiotic Landscapes

Overview

It looks at how landscape generates meaning and combines three major areas of scholarly interest each concerned with central dimensions of contemporary life: language and visual discourse, spatial practices, and also the changes brought about by global capitalism and ever increasing mediatization.

The editors look at: the textual/discursive construction of place; the use of space as a semiotic resource; the extent to which these processes are shaped by wider economic and ...

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Overview

It looks at how landscape generates meaning and combines three major areas of scholarly interest each concerned with central dimensions of contemporary life: language and visual discourse, spatial practices, and also the changes brought about by global capitalism and ever increasing mediatization.

The editors look at: the textual/discursive construction of place; the use of space as a semiotic resource; the extent to which these processes are shaped by wider economic and political re-orderings of post-industrial or advanced capitalism; changing patterns of human mobility and transnational flows of ideas and images.

The collection demonstrates the way written discourse interacts with all other discursive modalities: visual images, nonverbal communication, architecture and the built environment. From the red-light districts of Switzerland to the transgressive public art of graffiti, all landscape can be seen to generate meaning. Semiotic Landscapes looks at how, why, and places this meaning generation in an interdisciplinary and thoroughly modern cross-section of global trends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441124722
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Series: Advances in Sociolinguistics Series , #52
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Jaworski is Professor in Language and Communication at the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University, UK.

Crispin Thurlow is Associate Professor of Communication and Adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

List of Contributors ix

Introducing Semiotic Landscapes Adam Jaworski Crispin Thurlow 1

1 Changing Landscapes: Language, Space and Policy in the Dublin Linguistic Landscape Jeffrey L. Kallen 41

2 Discourses in Transit Mark Sebba 59

3 Welsh Linguistic Landscapes 'From Above' and 'From Below' Nikolas Coupland 77

4 Ideological Struggles on Signage in Jamaica Susan Dray 102

5 Sex in the City: On Making Space and Identity in Travel Spaces Ingrid Piller 123

6 Spatial Narrations: Graffscapes and City Souls Alastair Pennycook 137

7 Cyberspace and Physical Space: Attention Structures in Computer Mediated Communication Rodney H. Jones 151

8 'A Latino Community Takes Hold': Reproducing Semiotic Landscapes in Media Discourse Thomas D. Mitchell 168

9 Silence is Golden: The 'Anti-communicational' Linguascaping of Super-elite Mobility Crispin Thurlow Adam Jaworski 187

10 War Monuments and the Changing Discourses of Nation and Soldiery Gill Abousnnouga David Machin 219

11 Building the Nation, Writing the Past: History and Textuality at the Ha'apala Memorial in Tel Aviv-Jaffa Elana Shohamy Shoshi Waksman 241

12 Faces of Places: Fac├ždes as Global Communication in Post-Eastern Bloc Urban Renewal Irina Gendelman Giorgia Aiello 256

13 Semiosis Takes Places or Radical Uses of Quaint Theories Ella Chmielewska 274

Index 292

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