Language Used in Public Spaces
The display of language usually transmits symbolic messages as to the legitimacy, relevance, priority and standards of languages and the people they represent. The public space is a most relevant arena to serve as a mechanism for creating de facto language policy. In this chapter, the linguistic items present in Yi communities in Sichuan and Yunnan are examined. The focus is on selected Yi-Han bilingual schools and the areas around them, exploring how this underlying mechanism transmits the dominant language ideology and affects the actual language practice of the Yi youth. The analysis is divided into two parts, the first focuses on the linguistic items found in the schools, while the second looks at the linguistic landscapes in the wider areas outside the schools.
KeywordsPublic space Linguistic landscape Symbolic message Language ideology Language practice Underlying mechanism
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