Considerations for Linguistic Landscape Analysis in the Midwest with a Few Lessons Learned from the Southwest

Invited Lecture: Considerations for Linguistic Landscape Analysis in the Midwest with a Few Lessons Learned from the Southwest

Terrence G. Wiley, Center for Applied Linguistics

In recent years, linguistic landscape (LL) analysis has been gaining in application and popularity. LL analysis is particularly valuable in providing visible evidence of heritage and community languages (HLs-CLs) in public spaces, clues regarding the contexts and functions of their use, insights into linguistic social networks, evidence of linguistic vitality, and opportunities to link language teaching in classrooms with real-world language use.  This presentation will consider applications of LL analysis for the Midwest and share examples from a recent study involving ‘multilayered representation’ of community-based sites in the southwest that utilized several approaches to LL analysis involving: (1) historical and contemporary mapping and documentation of HL-CL communities; (2) linking mapping tools with census data to explore social networks; (3) analyzing street-level signage and commercial uses of HLs, as well as bottom up messaging in public spaces. The paper will conclude with suggestions for engaging students in LL analysis.

Terrence G. Wiley is President of the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington DC; Special Graduate Professor of Education, University of Maryland at College Park; and Professor Emeritus of Educational Policy Studies and Applied Linguistics, Arizona State University at Tempe. He is also Co-founding Editor of the Journal of Language, Identity and Education and the International Multilingual Research Journal. His books and edited volumes include: Handbook on Heritage, Community, and Native American Language Education in the United States: Research, Policy and Practice (Co-editor, Routledge, 2014); Language Policy, Politics, and Diversity in Education, Review of Research in Education, Vol. 38 (Co-Editor, Sage, 2014); the Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States (Co-Editor, Multilingual Matters, 2009).  Literacy and Language Diversity in the United States, 2nd Edition (Author, Center for Applied Linguistic, 2005), and Ebonics in the Urban Education Debate, 2nd Edition (Co-Editor, Multilingual Matters, 2005).