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Social and linguistic transformations of the nation: Linguistic landscapes and landscaping in Spain in an era of increasing globalization and regionalization

Research project
Inactive research
Project period
2010 - 2013
Project owner
Department of Languages and Literatures

Research partners
Johan
Järlehed
Financier
CERGU, Center for European Research at the University of Gothenburg

Short description

Within the project looked at three cases of linguistic landscape and landscaping in order to analyze the dynamics of national border construction. The cases were Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia, which all present different histories of national construction and of language politics and planning.

Goal

My aim was to discuss how the border construction and language politics that are articulated in these cases of linguistic landscaping relate to more wide-ranging transformative processes like globalization, regionalization and Europeanization.

I worked with a broad understanding of the concept of linguistic landscape, seeing it as the display of words and images in public spaces. I also dealt both with the linguistic landscape as a result from social action, and with linguistic landscaping as a dynamic social practice.

For this project collaborated with other researchers in the international network Cultural Borders of Europe (http://cbe.templatus.com/cbesite/).